Japan Has Lessons For The World —Fashola

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday received the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, stating that the world needs to learn a lesson or two from Japan about the stoical way it has been rebuilding its nation after the recent disasters it experienced.

The Governor who spoke at Lagos House, Ikeja when he received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Mr Ryuichi Shoji said he visited Kobe in Japan late last year and saw a road that had earlier been devastated that was completely restored in six weeks.

He explained that that such a development spoke volume about the Japanese as a people and how they have carried on despite the fatalities of the natural disasters, saying it is something the whole world should learn from.

Governor Fashola who sympathized with the Government and people of Japan over the incident said in noting the challenges now facing the Japanese economy one of which is the issue of an aging population, the lesson comes to the fore about a case of every success bringing in new challenges.

He added that the Japanese population is aging because of the success of Japanese technology and the improvement in Japanese healthcare but there could hardly be a life without challenges.

The Governor who also spoke on leadership said it is the ingredient that the world needs today, stressing that the world needs great leaders and people who have passion for what they are doing with capacity, empathize, understand and have common touch with their people.

“We are at the beginning of a new century. It is clear that the methods that worked in the last century, the technology that were propounded by the leaders at this time in the beginning of the last century will not be sufficient to take us to a position where we can deal with the challenges of this new century”, he said.

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The Governor also expressed the readiness of the Lagos State Government to collaborate with the Japanese government in the field of healthcare provision and power under the ODA scheme which the Ambassador said is about to come back on stream.

Speaking earlier, the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Ryuichi Shoji commended Governor Fashola for showing a good model of leadership to other States in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region saying Nigeria is a rich country not only in terms of oil and gas but human resources.

He said some of the things that constitute the essence of model of leadership including maintenance of peace, security, good health care for the citizenry and accountability are being shown by the Governor and have attracted his country’s attention.

He said Japan currently has an existing cooperation programme with the Lagos State Department of health through which two experts are in Lagos working, adding that Japan is also keen on exploring new ways of cooperation with the State.

The Ambassador also expressed the readiness of the country to work with local Non Governmental Organisations in Lagos State on the Grassroots Grand Aid Cooperation programme through which grants of about N20Million may be given for a project like building of schools, classrooms and boreholes in a particular area.

Prominent among those who joined the Governor in receiving the Ambassador were the Commissioners for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, Commerce, Mrs Shola Oworu and Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mr Florence Oguntuashe.

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