In response to the unfortunate mudslide disaster that occurred on 14th August, 2017, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated emergency relief items to the Sierra Leone High Commission at the World Food Programme (WFP) Cargo Village in Accra, Ghana.
Key persons present at the ceremony were the Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office, Mr. Hirofumi Hoshi; Ambassador of Embassy of Japan for Sierra Leone and Ghana; H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura, and; High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Ghana, H.E. Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office, Mr. Hirofumi Hoshi, solidarised with the people of Sierra Leone.
He indicated that JICA was assisting by providing emergency relief items including tents, blankets, sleeping pads, plastic sheets, water purifiers and portable jerry cans to be distributed in affected zones.
Mr. Hoshi also commended the strong efforts and selfless devotion made by the government of Sierra Leone to mobilise its own resources as well as seek support from others.
“These items would be shipped to Sierra Leone in the soonest possible time,” he said.
For his part, Ambassador of Embassy of Japan, H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura, expressed the deep understanding the people of Japan had in experiencing great magnitude of natural disasters.
He was hopeful that the emergency relief items would bring some comfort to the survivors of the mudslide disaster.
In appreciation, the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Ghana, H.E. Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, expressed her warmest gratitude to the government of Japan for the immense support.
She indicated that Japan’s contribution had been immeasurable in the past, citing such assistance during the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014.
She was confident of Japan’s continuous support and humanitarian gesture to assist the recovery of her country from the mudslide disaster.
ICA’s disaster response facility supports Ghana and other neighbouring countries in times of emergency.
The storage facility is situated inside the WFP cargo village at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. The people of Ghana also benefitted highly from their support during the “June 3rd” floods in Accra.
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