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Empowerment: Japanese, Nigerian groups partner to groom Nigerian youths

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By Grace Udofia

An international non-governmental organization (NGO)  Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) has commenced the consolidation process with its Nigerian partner, Utin Destiny Achievers Foundation (UDAF), for the sake of the less-privileged in Nigeria.

Both organizations have agreed to empower young and vulnerable people in the country and across West Africa by increasing access to higher education.

The Ashinaga programme coordinator for West Africa, Hector Bagley, who met with the management team of UDAF, in Abuja, disclosed that the group was funded from Japan and was launched in 2014.

Bagley, who was accompanied by another member of AAI, Yuka Yamada, said his organization decided to initiate the process of working with UDAF because it shares similar vision and mission of developing skills of vulnerable young people and empower them to secure their future through education.

“This partnership is aimed at helping many vulnerable people in the year to develop skills, acquire key leadership training in Japan and on their return to Nigeria, West Africa, they will have significant impact on the society, government, economy as well as help their countries to resolve burning issues as they develop,” Bagley explained.

Bagley, who commended UDAF for sharing similar mission and vision with Ashinaga urged it to reach out to both private and public organizations and individuals by making creating awareness on its activities  as this would go a long way in moving the organization forward.

He advised youths and the less-privileged in Nigeria not to stop trying; stressing that life is filled with challenges and difficulties. “If you work and prove yourself by working hard on your purpose, you will surly achieve whatever you want to achieve.”

The president and chief executive officer of UDAF, Pastor Peter Utin, an airline engineer, commended the AAI team from Japan for finding his organization the best partner to work with.

He disclosed that his Foundation is a charitable organization managed by a team of experienced people with impeccable character and proven record of integrity.

Utin, who described the meeting as a great opportunity for both organizations, added that the deliberation will further strengthen the mutual relationship between Ashinaga  and UDAF.

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