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Minister hails Japan contribution in polio fight

25 April 2014, 18:26

Abuja - Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has commended the Japanese Government for assisting Nigeria eradicate polio.

Following a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ryuichi Shoji, Chukwu described Japan as a reliable ally which had shown interest in economic development of Nigeria as well as financing the polio campaign through the provision of loan facilities.

"We will meet the target this year; we are not resting on our oars to eradicate polio this year," he added.

Shoji said the purpose of his visit was to fix a date for the signing of US$85 million dollars grant that Japan would offer Nigeria for the eradication of polio.

The signing of the loan agreement has been fixed for May 27 in Abuja.

The Ambassador said the loan would be extended in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of his country by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The repayment period of the loan would be 14 years after the grace of 6 years, at an interest of 0.2 percent per annum.

Nigeria has made tremendous progress in eradicating polio.

It has reported only one case of polio so far in 2014, and only six between September-December 2013, which is the bulk of the traditional "high season" for polio.
- CAJ News

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