By Henry UMORU
ABUJA- THE Japanese Â Â government yesterday in Abuja Â gave a grant of US$97,023 under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects(GGP) to Ifelodun Cassava Processing Cooperative Investment and Credit Society based in Oyo State.
According to the Japanese government, Nigeria since independence has received as assistance a total of US4.2 billion (approximately N600 billion) and under the GGP, 107 projects with a total amount of US$5,838,040 have been implemented in Nigeria since 1998.
Speaking further on the project, Hamano said, â€œthis project is also to be supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It is hoped that the project through the collaboration between the Government of Japan and the UNIDO office in Nigeria will contribute to community development.
The grant according to the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan, Mr. Shigeru Hamano, the grant was given to the NGO to implement the project for improvement of cassava processing in four local government areas of Oyo State. The assistance will help the Ifelodun Society put in place Cassava processing equipment made up of three graters, one flash dryer, one hammer mill as well as the construction of one borehole with a water tank.
The local governments are Atiba, Afajio, Oyo West and Oyo East while the project will be sited in Oyo West.
â€œMeeting the diverse needs and bringing a direct impact on the well-being of grassroots communities, the GGP is designed to provide non-refundable financial assistance to nonprofit organizations implementing development projects at the grass-roots. The GGP is a well known assistance for its switch and pro-poor approaches in this country. The government of Japan will further reach out to the poor and accelerate its assistance through this flexible schemeâ€, the envoy said.
In her remarks, the elated President of the Ifelodun NGO, Mrs Grace Adewemimo Alade who expressed he happiness for gesture, disclosed that the Cooperative has twenty one members, with 1,000 farmers, just as she promised that the money will be utilized for what it is meant for.