8 February 2016

Nigeria: UNAIDS Executive Director Begins Three-Day Official Visit to Nigeria

Mr Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary General of UN, has arrived Nigeria for a three-day official visit to adopt new strategy that would end AIDS epidemic in Nigeria by 2030.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Charles Martins-Jjuuko, Global Media and Outreach officer, UNAIDS, made available to News Agency of Nigeria has said.

It said Mr Sidibe's visit was to enable top officials of Nigerian government to discuss how to fast track HIV/AIDS response that could end AIDS by 2030.

It said the UNAIDS boss would also discuss with President Muhammadu Buhari on the upcoming high level meeting on June 8 to 9, in New York USA.

"We want President Buhari to actively participate in the development of the 2016 Political Declaration on AIDS," the statement said.

According to the statement, the UNAIDS executive director will interact with the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, Finance, Health, Women Affairs as well as Federal Capital Territory.

"He will also interact with civil society organisations and partners in Abuja, Lagos and Otta, Ogun states," it added.

NAN reports that Sidibe will interact with stakeholders and discuss the urgent need to enhance AIDS response.

The discussions between the two leaders will rally around how Nigeria can fulfil its obligation in terms of putting more domestic resources to complement the external resources coming from foreign donors.

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