Germany dedicates 120 million euros to help fight polio in Nigeria

Volunteer Health officials wait to immunise children at a school in Nigeria's capital Abuja February 1, 2010. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Volunteer Health officials wait to immunise children at a school in Nigeria’s capital Abuja February 1, 2010. REUTERS

The government of Germany has dedicated 120 million euros, equivalent to around $98 million to ensure total eradication of polio in Nigeria, local online website, Premium Times reports.

“The German government and Nigeria have signed three bilateral agreements which are Government Agreement on Technical Cooperation in 2016, Government Agreement on Financial Cooperation in 2016, Financing and Project Agreement on Polio Eradication.” Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Tiwatope Elias-Fatile said.

The deal included the new agreement on polio involvement of financial commitment of 10 million euros which would be increased to 29.9 million euros.

Elias-Fatile also said that a delegation from Japan had visited Nigeria to assess the level of cooperation between the two nations.

The delegation found out Nigeria was benefiting from the assistance it provided.

The two nations talked about what more Japan can do for Nigeria with keen interest in infrastructure development, power and manufacturing and even job creation.

On the economic front, Mr. Elias-Fatile said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, initiated Economic Diplomacy Initiative for Nigeria.