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‘How envoy allegedly frustrated poverty reduction, FDI efforts’

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Nigeria’s Ambassador to Japan, Gana Yisa, has come under serious attack for allegedly frustrating poverty reduction and foreign direct investment (FDI) into Nigeria under a programme championed by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Ministry of Justice and a private firm, Igate Global Concept Limited.

A set of documents obtained by The Guardian indicated that about 57 Nigerian government officials, including governors, permanent secretaries and directors-general, who were expected to be part of a delegation to Japan for study on poverty alleviation through employment in Japan, are currently stranded.

The study mission, which is expected to hold in Tokyo between June 10 and 15, 2019, is frustrated.

A petition dated June 3, 2019, by Igate to the permanent secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alleged that Yisa deliberately sabotaged government efforts by declining to act on series of requests from the federal government and the private firm.

In about six letters from the Ministries of Justice and Labour & Prodcutivity, endorsed by the immediate past minister of labour, Chris Ngige, and justice counterpart, Abubakar Malami, showed that necessary approval were granted while a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Igate.

The Guardian had phoned Yisa about 6.58am (14:58hrs in Tokyo) on Tuesday, but was told by a staff of the embassy, who gave his name as Kentaro, that the envoy could not respond to phone call at the moment, promising to return the call.

“Ambassador has been busy. He will give you a phone call,” the staff said.

Another call was made to the ambassador followed by a text message about two hours later but was not responded to before this report was filed.

The petition noted that, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued a note verbale to the embassy of Japan in Abuja to ensure that visas were issued to the delegates for the trip, lack of response from Yisa frustrated the plan, forcing the embassy to pend issuance of visa.

While Nigeria is rated as the world poverty headquarters, some of the objectives of the study mission were to enhance the implementation of the National Employment Policy within the scope of the Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (NERGP).


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