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Ganduje congratulates Nigeria, Africa on Polio-Free status


Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerians and Africa on the declaration of ending Wild Polio Virus (WPV) by the Independent Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication.

The governor’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, on Tuesday in Kano.

Ganduje said: “While the situation of the disease prevalence with Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan a few years back,  was evident, we did our best to see to the end of the menace here in Nigeria. We thank God that we attained this position now.

“As Deputy Governor then, when I was heading the state committee in the fight against polio, we worked very hard with the traditional institutions, religious leaders and other stakeholders which helped in reaching our Polio-Free position today.”

The statement quoted the governor as commending a traditional ruler, Wada Aliyu-Gaya and Dr Abubakar Labaran, a former Commissioner of Health for their sacrifices as front line elements toward ensuring total eradication of the disease.

Ganduje also congratulated President Buhari, as the nation climbed the appreciable position during his administration and also previous administrations for the role they played.

“It was indeed the collective effort towards eradicating the menace that helped immensely in attaining this position”, the governor said. (NAN )



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