Lagos - Nigeria and three other countries on Thursday in New York received
two global awards for their commitment to polio eradication and supporting
the work of the UN.
India, Pakistan and Afghanistan were
the other three countries that were honoured with the Global Leadership Award
by the UN Foundation and the UN Association of the USA (UNA-US).
Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s Permanent
Representative to the UN, said the award and Nigeria’s election as a non-permanent
member of the UN Security Council will undoubtedly provide another opportunity
to partner with other member states in advancing the course of peace and
She noted that the support of Nigeria’s international partners like UNICEF
was instrumental to the rapid progress made in the efforts towards the
eradication of polio in Nigeria.
“We are pleased that the National Polio Emergency Plan had continued to
yield the desired results. We have witnessed impressive increase in the
immunisation coverage in the affected Northern states.”
“It is also noteworthy that the effective implementation of the plan has
curtailed the spread of polio to neighbouring West African countries,’’ the
Ogwu also commended the UN Foundation and the UN Association for finding the
efforts of Nigeria in the eradication of polio worthy of global
“This honour will serve as additional inspiration in the struggle towards
total eradication of the disease not only in Nigeria but also in the entire
Africa region,’’ she stated.