ABUJA, June 7 (Xinhua) — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday pledged the federal government ‘s commitment to total eradication of polio in the country.
The president said this in a meeting with Bill Gates, the co-chairperson of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Abuja.
The Nigerian leader said his administration is committed to the global eradication of the polio virus.
He hailed the reported drop in polio cases in Nigeria from 256 in 2009 to just three so far in 2010.
President Jonathan ascribed the recorded success in the fight against polio to the joint efforts of all stakeholders.
The president pledged that the Nigerian federal government will do all it can to ensure the total eradication of polio in Nigeria, noting that the very significant drop in polio cases is due to the joint efforts of the three tiers of the government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other stakeholders.
President Jonathan added that his administration will continue to do all within its powers to ensure that the goal of eradicating polio from Nigeria and the West African Sub-Region is fully achieved.
To prevent the polio virus from re-entering Nigeria from neighboring countries, the president said his administration would be willing to assist such countries with polio immunization programs.
The president thanked Gates and his wife, Melinda, for their enormous contributions to the improvements in healthcare delivery and agriculture in the developing nations of the world.