By Victor Ernest with agency report
The Federal Government and the Government of Germany on Wednesday signed a 10 million Euros aid agreement to eradicate polio in Nigeria.
The agreement was signed in Abuja between Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and the German Ambassador to Nigeria Bernhard Schlagheck.
Onyeama said the 10 million Euros grant would facilitate Nigeria’s quest to totally eradicate polio in the country.
He noted with concern that government’s efforts had some setbacks due to the activities of terrorism in the North Eastern part of the country.
”As you know we have come very close to eradicating polio in the world, but you know there are still one or two issues.
”The problem we have in the north east has exacerbate the situation and made it more difficult to eradicate” he said.
The German ambassador expressed optimism that the grant would go a long way in achieving the desired goal.
”We want to increase and consolidate our engagement and that is actually what we just did, I hope very much that polio will be removed from the country before long”.
The ceremony was witnessed by representative of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA).
The Director of Logistics, PHCDA, Iyabo Dara Dara in her remarks expressed the belief that Nigeria would soon be declared polio free.
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