By Soni Daniel,
A few weeks after being chastised for not doing enough to curb the spread of Meningitis in his state, Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, has been named as the United States Malaria Fight Ambassador in Nigeria.
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The recognition, which was bestowed on the governor in Abuja, Monday, was jointly organized by the United States International Development Agency (USAID); the US President’s Malaria Initiative in Nigeria and the United States Mission in Nigeria.
Governor Yari was named along with Alhaji Aliko Dangote as the ambassadors of Malaria fight for 2016 in Public and Private Sectors respectively, at this Year’s World Malaria Day in recognition of their contributions to the fight against Malaria in Nigeria.
The event took place at the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja and was witnessed by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale; the Deputy Head of US Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young and Head of the USAID.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Alh. Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group and the Minister in separate goodwill messages, expressed their appreciation over the efforts of the United States Government, the USAID and the PMI in the fight against Malaria.
They pledged to put more efforts in ensuring the success of the fight against Malaria and other diseases in Nigeria.
Governor Yari urged President Trump of the United States to consider the American Interest in the Developing Nations as key and strategic to the US economic and other humanitarian development policies.
Yari said: “As leader of the world, there is greater need for the government of the United States of America and President Donald Trump to consider other countries, particularly countries with US interest in the US economic and humanitarian development policies.”
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum said the NGF is ever ready and committed to collaborate with the US Government and other Donor Agencies in the fight against Malaria and other diseases in Nigeria.