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Immunization: NGF fixes deadline for governors to pay counterpart fund

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has appealed for the rescheduling of the deadline given to all governors to make counterpart contribution toward nationwide polio immunization to September 10.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, made the request at a meeting with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Abuja.
A statement by Abdulrazaque Barkindo, the Head of NGF Media and Publicity Affairs, on Thursday, quoted Yari as saying that the Augusut 23 ultimatum issued by NPHCDA was too short.
The forum said the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, had solicited the governors’ cooperation by paying their counterpart funding latest August 23 to enable the agency to embark on the immunization.
Shuaib stated that the Federal Government was contributing N3 billion for the exercise.
The statement indicated that the governors of Borno, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Imo, Osun, Plateau and deputy governors of Kaduna, Yobe, Nasarawa, Rivers, Enugu, Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti and Cross Rivers attended the meeting.