The Japan International Cooperation Agency has sponsored officials of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to Hiroshima and other Japanese cities affected by the Second World War to learn how the authorities there rebuilt the communities after the war.
The trip, which was organised in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, was expected to shape the post-insurgency reconstruction efforts in the North-East.
Speaking at a workshop on sharing lessons learnt from the visit in Abuja on Monday, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Carine Yengayenge, said security was still a challenge in the North-East, noting that despite this, reconstruction still had to be considered and planned.
Yengayenge said, “As one of the activities for the support of local governance, the UNDP co-organised study missions for high officials of the state governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in partnership with JICA in 2018 and 2019.
“The purpose of the mission was for the state officials to learn the experience of recovery of Japan after the devastation of WWII with special emphasis on the role the local public bodies played.”
The JICA Chief Representative in Nigeria, Makiko Okumura, said the team toured Hiroshima and other Japanese cities where they learnt how the communities were rebuilt after WWII.
She said the study tours would help the officials in rebuilding the communities devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Goje Muhammed, who participated in the Japanese tour, said they learnt how the destroyed cities were rehabilitated, adding that they were ‘stepping down’ the lessons learnt during the trip.