The government of Nigeria on Wednesday signed a 10 million euros aid agreement with the German government to eradicate polio in the west African country.

The 10 million euros grant would facilitate Nigeria’s quest to totally eradicate polio in the country, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said with concern that the government’s efforts had some setbacks due to the activities of terrorism in the northeastern part of the country.

“I just have to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the government of Germany for this support,” he added.

German Ambassador to Nigeria Bernhard Schlagheck expressed optimism that the grant would go a long way in achieving the desired goal.

“We have engaged with the government of Nigeria for some time mostly under the assistance of the WHO (World Health Organization) and we want to continue with our engagement,” he added.

“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,” he said.

On Sept. 25, 2015, the WHO declared Nigeria polio free and was officially removed from polio endemic list. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/