23 March 2014

Nigeria: Gates Foundation Pledges Assistance to Borno, Others

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the U.S. is to assist Borno and other states in the North East Zone in the areas of primary healthcare and agriculture.

The President, Global Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Chris Elias, made this known during a meeting with officials of the Borno and Bauchi State Governments in the U.S.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the Borno Governor on Media and Communication , made this known in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Sunday.

"Gov. Kashim Shettima and his Bauchi counterpart, Gov. Isa Yuguda, were at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Washington D.C where they held meetings with the officials for hours.

"Shettima made a strong appeal for the foundation to step up support for Borno due to the state's challenges in spite of government's efforts on primary healthcare," Gusau said.

He also said that Elias, who was elated by the visit, commended the leadership qualities of Shettima which resulted in the progress recorded by his government in the area of primary healthcare.

The foundation is the world's number one private body supporting global eradication of polio and other child killer diseases.

The foundation is also supporting the Nitrogen for Africa project designed to ensure high yields in agriculture through soil technology and fertiliser improvement. (NAN)

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