The newly posted Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Professor Mohammed Yissa-Gana, says he will do everything possible to ensure that more Japanese technology is brought into Nigeria.
The diplomat gave the assurance in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during an interview with newsmen, according to Voice Of Nigeria report.
Yissa-Gana, who was an alumnus of one of the universities in Japan and an agricultural engineer, added that he would also push for more advanced agricultural technology for the country.
He added that during his tenure he would persuade the Japanese government to assist Nigerians in terms of high level man-power training and announced that about five thousand Nigerians were presently in Japan doing business.
The diplomat appealed to Nigerians in Diaspora to always be good ambassadors of the country and project the image of Nigeria positively in line with the advocacy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He expressed optimism that a lot of positive diplomatic relationships and a new beginning in the areas of trade, commerce and agriculture as well as other policies would be formulated between the two countries, which have a long history of international ties.
Yisa-Gana said that presently, annual exports from Japan to Nigeria are worth $5 billion US dollars, while that of Nigeria to Japan stood at $711 million US dollars, from the country’s crude oil export.
The Ambassador urged Nigerians to go into irrigation farming to solve the twin problems of flooding and crop failure always experienced during the dry season so as to ensure all-round farming.
According to him, research has shown that crops do better under the irrigation system of farming because the farmer is able to control the quality of water while the yields are higher.
Yisa-Gana, who was a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Kwara state and a lecturer at the State University (KWASU) Malete, commended the foresight of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who was a onetime governor of Kwara state, for bringing more farmers to the State.
He described the move as a success story, due to the high turnover of merchandise farming since their operations began, in terms of dairy, poultry and feed mills as well as cassava processing.