Germany and Nigeria have signed over N14 billion agreement (€29,900,000.00 Euros – N14,142,700,000.00) in support of polio eradication in the country.
The agreement was signed yesterday in Abuja by top officials from both countries.
German Deputy Head of Mission in Nigeria, Regine Hess, signed on behalf of the Germany Government, while Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, signed on behalf of the country.
This will be the 9th of such financial agreement and support for polio eradication in Nigeria by the Federal Republic of Germany.
In a statement signed by the Head, Public Relation, NPHCDA, Mr. Saadu Salahu, Onyeama commended the German Government for its huge support to Nigeria, not only on polio eradication, but other equally important sectors of the country.
He recalled various efforts by the Nigerian Government to eradicate polio and expressed Federal Government’s appreciation to the WHO, UNICEF, German Government and others towards making Nigeria polio free.
In her address, Hess expressed joy over her country’s sustained support for polio eradication in Nigeria.
She expressed optimism and confidence that Nigeria would soon join the rest of the world as a polio free Nation.
In his response, Dr. Shuaib highlighted huge financial commitments of President Buhari’s administration to polio eradication in Nigeria.
He said these included N9.8billion in 2016, N4.2billion in 2017 and N4.1 billion for 2018.
Dr. Shuaib, therefore, expressed profound appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany and other development partners for their continued support to polio eradication in Nigeria.