President Buhari Wins Prestigious Polio Award
President Buhari Wins Prestigious Polio Award

President Buhari Wins Prestigious Polio Award

President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with the prestigious polio champion award.

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This is said to be in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in Nigeria.

The polio champion award was instituted by Rotary International in 1995 to recognize and appreciate heads of governments and organisations that have played a key role in polio eradication around the world.

The last recipient of the award was Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada.

Other past recipients include Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

The award was presented to the president on Thursday at State House, Abuja, by Barry Rassin, Rotary International President, who was on a four-day official visit to Nigeria.

Receiving the award, Buhari appreciated the commitment of the Rotary Club to humanitarian work across the globe.

Earlier in his remarks, Rassin, while commending the President for providing significant leadership in the efforts to eradicate polio in Nigeria, advocated for increased political and financial commitments at all levels for routine immunization and primary health care strengthening.

He also commended President Buhari for his commitment to Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) by expanding the presidential task force on polio to include state governors shortly after he took office in 2015.

‘‘You are an inspiration to your country’’, the Rotary president, who was accompanied by his wife, Esther, and other senior Rotarians in Nigeria, told President Buhari.