‘Ro­tary spent $207m on po­lio erad­i­ca­tion in Nige­ria’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu & Mariam Eniola, La­gos

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has spent $276mil­lion on the fight against po­lio in Nige­ria be­tween 1996 and now, Daily Trust gath­ered.

Chair­man of the Nige­ria Na­tional Po­lioplus Com­mit­tee (NNPPC), Dr. Tunji Fun­sho dis­closed this while brief­ing news­men at Ro­tary House in La­gos.

He said the feat recorded in the bat­tle against po­lio was due to po­lit­i­cal will on the part of gov­ern­ment, use of in­no­va­tive strate­gies to reach more chil­dren among oth­ers.

Also speak­ing, the Dis­trict Gover­nor of Dis­trict 9110 Ro­tary Nige­ria, Otunba Bola On­abadejo warned against com­pla­cency, stress­ing that Nige­ria has two more years of hard work to achieve po­lio-free cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

He said in­sur­gency re­mained a ma­jor ob­sta­cle to the erad­i­ca­tion of po­lio, adding, “had it been there was no in­sur­gency, Nige­ria would have tack­led po­lio be­fore now’’.

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