Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 December 2012

Nigeria: World's Aids Day - Live Up to Your Responsibilities, Donors Tell FG

Donor partners who fund the HIV/AIDS campaigns in Nigeria have called on the federal government to live up to its responsibilities by providing the agreed funds to provide treatment for persons living with the virus.

The representative of the World Bank, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, who also spoke on behalf of United Kingdom Development for International Development, said it was high time government began to show some level of commitment to the HIV/AIDS struggle by honouring an earlier MoU it signed with the US government to provide $250million as counterpart funding to the programme.

The World Bank representative was speaking yesterday during the World AIDS day celebration at the presidential villa themed "Resourcing the national response towards getting zero AIDS related deaths.

According to Dr Babatunde Ipaye, 93% funds come from donor agencies while the government providse only 7% making it impossible to provide care to the teeming Nigerians who need it.

Responding, the Minister of Health, Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu said though funds must be sought for internally by the agency to carry out its mandate, there must be a means to better coordinate their activities with the funds at their disposal.

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