Governor Ibrahim Gaidam along with other senior officials of the Yobe State Government Wednesday met with Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates and Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote as well as representatives of numerous development partner organisations in the first Mid-Year Review meeting since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strenghtening Rountine Immunization (RI) between the State Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates and Dangote Foundations back in January, 2016.
Mr. Gates and Alhaji Aliko Dangote joined the meeting via live video link from Seattle and Miami in the United States respectively. Executive Director of the National primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed also joined by telephone.
Also attended by His Royal Highness the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa and His Royal Highness the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Suleiman, the meeting acknowledged the effort of the Yobe State Government for the significant progress being recorded in immunization coverage across 15 of the 17 local government areas of the State.
Governor Gaidam restated the commitment of the Yobe State Government in advancing primary healthcare and sustaining the patnership signed with the two foundations.
On his part, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who also commended the Yobe State Government for the progress being made despite the security challenges in the state, pledged to assist the state government in rebuilding health facilities destroyed by Boko Haram in the two local government areas where the insurgent group has hit the hardest, namely Gujba and Gulani.