Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari, federal government, Nigerians, Africa and Africans over the declaration of Nigeria Wild-Polio-Free nation by the Independent Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication.
Adding that “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 Almighty Allah that we attained this position now.”
As a Deputy Governor then, “When I was heading the state committee in the fight against Polio, we worked very hard with the traditional institution, religious leaders and other stakeholders which helped in reaching our Polio-Free position today.”
He particularly praised Sarkin Yakin Kano, Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya and the then Commissioner of Health during Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso administration, Dr Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, as “…frontline elements who sacrificed alot in making sure that Polio disease was eradicated in the state, which also meant eradicating the disease from the country. That snowballed into total eradication from the continent.”
While congratulating President Buhari, that the nation climbs the appreciable position during his (Buhari) administration, he commended previous administrations for the role they played during their reign, adding that, “It was indeed the collective effort towards eradicating the menace that helped immensely in attaining this position.”