In its efforts to support the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, the Japanese government has donated $329,000 to the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Center (MLAILPKC).
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Yukata Kikuta disclosed this during the inauguration of the Institutional and Human Capacity Strengthening support for the centre held on Tuesday at Jaji, Kaduna State.
He said the fund will be used in updating of curricula on counter-terrorism, protection of civilians and prevention of irregular migration among others.
Kikuta said the Japanese government in partnership with United Nation Development Fund, (UNDP) supported the centre with money, following its achievements in the fight against terrorism and peace support operations.
Noting that adequate security is key to the development of a nation, said the “upsurge of criminalities and violence, like Boko Haram insurgency, has increased the necessity to build and strengthen the capacity of military and para-military forces in protection of civilians, local communities.”
The Ambassador who was represented by Mr Mathew Alao said the peacekeeping centre plays an essential role in delivering realistic training to provide the much-needed capacity and expertise in leadership and peace support operation.