Nigeria: Eradication of Polio Is a Debt We Owe Nigerians - Osinbajo

19 October 2018

Abuja — The Abuja Commitment made by the Federal and State governments to provide active leadership of polio eradication activities, including routine immunization, is a debt owed to Nigerians according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof Osinbajo in a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande made these remarks at the 92nd edition of the National Economic Council Meeting.

According to him, "The Abuja Commitment is a promise we all made; it is now a debt that we owe to the Nigerian people. We must individually and collectively work to achieve the Abuja commitment indicators."

Prof Osinbajo said the Federal Government remains resolutely committed to the crucial cause of polio eradication in the country while addressing the State Governors and members of the Presidential Taskforce on Polio Eradication who were present at the meeting.

He thanked the Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for the remarkable progress that has been made in the polio programme.

He also commended them for ensuring that the country has not recorded any new case of the wild poliovirus in the last two years, encouraging them to sustain the tempo.

The Vice President commended the supportive efforts of the Nigerian military, stating, "Our military will continue to collaborate with you to provide security and support as you ensure that all eligible children in every part of the country are reached with the polio vaccine and other health and humanitarian interventions."

He added that there would be need to collaborate with our neighbours such as the Niger Republic and Lake Chad Islands.

He urged the governors to collaborate closely with the Federal Government especially in the timely provision of funds, rigorous oversight, and other support that would fast-track on-going efforts to totally eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunisation.

The Vice President commiserated with all the families of health workers who lost their lives in the course of delivering services to humanity, in particular, the families of Saifura Husain Ahmed Khorsa and Hauwa Liman who were kidnapped and killed by Boko Haram.

He prayed that God would give their families the fortitude to bear the great losses. He also extended his sincere condolence to the ICRC, whose staff the two courageous and committed ladies belonged.

They was also a presentation on states gross domestic computation for 11 states by the statistician general /ceo national burea of statistics.

He listed the highlights of the presentation among others are" The background of the SGDP presentation was to know the sizes of the economy in each of States, how much do a Nigerian state contribute to the Nigerian economy, what sector is best to invest in a particular State, what are the key sectors that can drive growth, create employment and generate tax revenue for the states, and which sector need government intervention or support

" States GDP Computation started in 2012 with Seven pilot States; Rivers, Lagos, Gombe, Cross River, Kano, Anambra and Niger State, following the expressed interests of states to measure their economic competitiveness over time, understand the structure of their economies and assess contribution to national output."

" Analytical results of the 11 states accounted for N 33.3 trillion in nominal GDP in 2017, or 29% of national nominal GDP

"Sectoral distribution and performance of SGDP were captured in Oil & Non-oil, Agriculture, Industry, Services, mining & Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Water & Construction, Trade, Accommodation & Transportation, Information & Communications, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Financial institutions & Insurance & other services.

Council was invited to Note that: NBS has completed the first phase of the SGDP exercise involving 11 states for the five year period covering 2013-2017 across the 46 economic activities

" The selected states accounted for 33.3 trillion Naira in nominal GDP or 29.3% of national GDP in 2017

" Data on States GDP is generally useful to support evidence-based policymaking. Efforts are on-going to complete the next phase of compilation for the remaining 25 states and the FCT.

A memo was presented to seek the Council's consideration and approval of the proposed Budget Estimate of FAAC meetings and other related activities for the year 2018.

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