Jonathan pledges $60m for polio eradication

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that the Federal Government will commit $60 Million Dollars over the next two years to eradicate polio from Nigeria.

Speaking at a Global Polio Eradication Initiative event at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, on 29th October, President Jonathan said that $30 Million Dollars will be committed annually by the Federal Government to the polio eradication effort over the next two years.

He said that early this month he will inaugurate a Special Task Force headed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate to oversee and coordinate a national campaign to totally eradicate polio from Nigeria within 24 months as he pledged during a recent meeting with Mr. Bill Gates.

“As a leader, I don’t want to see polio in our children, especially knowing fully well that it is a disease that we can completely eradicate and prevent. We will work with the global community to ensure its eradication,” President Jonathan said.