Northern govs, council chairmen charged on polio eradication commitments
Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00  Editor  Features  –  Science

NORTHERN governors have been charged to prevail on their local council chairmen to discharge their responsibilities in fulfilment of the governor’s commitment to polio eradication in the country.

According to statement from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) signed by the Head, PR Unit, Sa’adu Salahu, the agency’s Executive Director, Dr. Ado Jimada Gana Muhammad made the appeal while addressing northern governors’ meeting held recently at Usman Katsina House, Kaduna.

Muhammad identified failure of the local council chairmen to replicate the kind of highest political commitment given by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governors’ Forum to polio eradication as the main obstacle to a polio-free Nigeria.

Muhammad therefore urged the governors to ensure direct involvement of local council chairmen in the implementation, monitoring and supervision of the immunisation exercise with regular report and accountability to the governors.

He disclosed that the recent presidential taskforce, inaugurated by Jonathan was to fast track Nigeria’s chances at interrupting polio transmission, adding that members of the taskforce, under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, relied much on the governors for continued support, to ensure the success of their assignment.

Speaking on behalf of the governors, the Chairman of the Forum and governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu expressed the collective determination of the Northern Governors’ Forum to ensure a polio-free Nigeria, in line with President Jonathan’s commitment.

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