Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BillGate Seeks To Help Eradicate Polio In Nigeria

US billionaire Bill Gates has vowed to help end the scourge of polio in
Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, still blighted by the debilitating disease.

'At a stakeholders' forum on the issue Gate said 'This is my fourth visit to
Nigeria and every year I come I see us get closer to our goal of polio eradication,'

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, attended the forum, as did President
Goodluck Jonathan and other dignatories and religious leaders including the
 supreme head of Muslims in Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'Ad Abubakar.

'I have decided to be in partnership with you and I will be excited when we
 reach this milestone and (there is) no more polio' in the country, Gates said.

Gates, wearing a traditional Nigerian flowing gown, or boubou, said some
 parts of the country were slowing the overall progress made because they
 had failed to run campaigns and do follow-up work.

He urged a presidential task force working on polio eradication 'to track
 these gaps', urging greater interaction between campaigners.


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