Leadership (Abuja)

26 November 2012

Nigeria: Dangote, Gates Foundation Set Three Years to Kick Out Polio in Kano

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Polio

Dangote, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have expressed optimism towards polio eradication in the next three years from Kano State.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Founder of the Dangote Foundation, stated this in Kano on Monday, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government on the polio eradication.

Dangote said he was personally embarrassed that polio still existed in Kano when the globe was recording zero level of the disease.

He pledged to provide 100 per cent support to ensure total eradication of the disease from Kano and the country at large.

The Chief Executive of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Jeffery Raikes, advised the state government on its scorecard, to recognise the serious stakeholders in the eradiation.

According to Raikes, we are hoping that our partnership with the state government will provide the desired change in the next three years.

He commended the State Joint Taskforce on polio, for its efforts towards reducing the resistance level at the grassroots level.

Speaking, the Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, pledged to utilise the opportunities provided by the foundations for the eradication of the disease.

Ganduje, also said that as the Chairman of the committee on polio eradication, more successes have been recorded in terms of targeting the vulnerable children.

NAN reports that the state government and the two foundations have signed an MoU to eradicate polio from Kano in the next three years.

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