Buhari said the issue of polio eradication was a matter he and his predecessors had given the highest priority, attributing its gradual eradication in Nigeria to commitments and hard work of the country’s development partners.
The last incident of polio recorded by Nigeria occurred in July 2014, at Sumaila district of the northwestern state of Kano.
The West African nation was declared polio-free for recording no new case for more than one year.
“Of course, I also recognize the heroics of our polio eradication team,” the Nigerian leader said in Abuja, while addressing a delegation led by American business magnate, Bill Gates and a famous Nigerian businessman, Aliko Dangote.
He said government will set up a presidential task force on polio, with an objective of sustaining the success of Nigeria’s current polio eradication activities, such as surveillance and routine immunization programs.
The government will also continue to provide strong oversight and funding for polio programs, he added. Enditem