Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto was joined by Kashim Shettima
of Borno, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi,
Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yobe state Governor(represented) and business mogul Alhaji Dangote at the
signing ceremony held at the Sokoto State Government House.
Delivering the opening speech,  Governor Tambuwal said all the states are committed to improving vaccine availability, encouraging stronger
community engagement and securing financing.
“In addition, we will ensure strong monitoring and evaluation while at
the same time, accountability mechanisms will be put in place,” he
Speaking at the event, Bill Gates said all partners are committed to ensuring maximum number of children are reached, adding that the MoUs
are intended to enable states achieve targeted coverage.
“Routine immunization is crucial to ensuring that every child is protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, helping them achieve their potential and live full, productive lives. We are ready to support the states in reaching the targets set out in the MoUs,” he added.
He said with the election season approaching, all hands must be on
deck to ensure the targets are met. He projected that all partners are
committed to reaching at least 80 percent coverage in the coming year. Gates commended all the signatory-states for their commitment, adding that Nigeria is so far on the right track not just in efforts to fight polio, but on achieving targets in routine immunization.
“My request is that all the Governors should review campaigns and ensure that in the next two years, we complete polio eradication. On routine immunization, the opportunity is fantastic, vaccinations are
phenomenal on their impacts. We can prevent millions of deaths by
doing work on RI.
In his remarks, Dangote emphasized the need for governments to be uptodate on the payment of their counterpart funds, and to work hard on improving data especially at the grassroots level.
“We are delighted that the MoU have been extended, reaffirming Bauchi,
Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Yobe states’ commitment to the health
of their citizens. Our expectation now is that this commitment will be
translated into concrete action,” he further stated.
He commended both the federal and state governments for working on
data improvement and for reaffirming their commitments to tackling
preventable diseases.

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