President Goodluck Jonathan has vouched that he will not relent in his administration’s pursuit to eradicate polio.
Jonathan who met yesterday with state governors and local government chairmen, commissioners of health as well as religious and traditional rulers of vulnerable states at the Presidential Villa, told them to do more on tackling the disease.
The meeting was called because the prevalence of the disease and the recording of fresh cases of polio.
He promised to personally lead his team to any of the affected state that was not represented at the meeting, saying: “there are no justifiable reasons for Nigeria to still be recording cases of polio at this time.”
The meeting was also attended by members of the Presidential Taskforce on the Eradication of Polio led by the Minister of State, Health, Mohammed Pate.
The invited state governors were those of Zamfara, Yobe, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi and Katsina.
Others are Kano, Kaduna, Borno and Bauchi States.
Representatives of development partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, FOMWAN and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum were also present at the meeting.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Mr Pate said the meeting was held with those he described as “the last frontiers” in the fight against polio.
He said that there was a renewed commitment from participants on the need to eradicate the disease, adding that the meeting considered the critical challenges hindering the total eradication of the disease.
He expressed the optimism that the country would achieve the feat.
Sokoto State Governor, Magatakarda Wamakko, said Jonathan, at the meeting, called on them to redouble their efforts to meet the deadline for total eradication.
The governor promised that all stakeholders would be taken on board in the bid to win the battle against the disease.
“We are already making headway. The presidential taskforce has done very well,” he said.