Emergency Aid to Nigeria for Pipeline Explosion

October 21, 1998

  1. On October 21 (Wed.), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency aid materials consisting of medicine and medical equipment worth about 3,200,000 yen to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose country has sustained great damage from a large-scale pipeline explosion.

  2. The pipeline explosion occurred in the afternoon of October 17 (Japan time: morning of October 18) in Jesse, Delta state, Nigeria. The International Red Cross and other sources put the death toll at 594, and the number of afflicted persons above 1,000 as of 19:00, October 19 (Japan time: 3:00, October 20). The Government of Nigeria has launched its own relief activities and has also requested emergency assistance from Japan and other countries.

  3. The Government of Japan decided to extend emergency aid from a humanitarian viewpoint, taking account of the seriousness of the accident and the friendly relations existing between Japan and Nigeria.

  4. On October 20, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi sent a message to General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abudakar, the Head of State of Nigeria, expressing condolences to him and the victims' families and sending his prayers for the recovery of the injured.

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