Nigeria and Japan have signed agreement on a project involving 14.2 million dollar grant to strengthen the diagnostic capacity of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning  Udoma Udo Udoma who said this in a statement, exchanged note on the project with the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Yukata Kikuta while the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole witnessed the ceremony.

The total cost of the project is One Billion Five Hundred and Eighty Million Japanese Yen, equivalent to 14.24 million dollars.

Udoma said the project was in line with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP which has ‘investing in our people’ as one of its three broad objectives.

According to the Minister, Nigerian Government is determined to address emerging public health threats whenever they occur. He stressed Nigeria’s commitment to achieving sustainable economic development as set out in the ERGP and appreciated the support of the Japanese government.