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Benue sets up c’ttee on polio

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI — Bothered by the reported cases of Polio infection in parts of Benue State, the state government has constituted a 20-man task force to ensure a eradication of the childhood disease in the state.

The committee’s term of reference which comes under the purview of the nation’s target of complete eradication of the disease in the country has until the middle of the year to accomplish its mission.

Inaugurating the committee, which is headed by the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Sam Ode, in Makurdi, Governor Gabriel Suswam charged members to discharge the responsibilities with all diligence and commitment to achieve results.

Suswam regretted that despite huge resources invested in the eradication of the virus from the state in recent past, not much had been accomplished.

Represented by his deputy, Chief Steven Lawani, the Governor further charged the committee to leave no stone unturned in its drive to meet the Federal Government’s target to kick out polio from the country.

He said the state could not afford to lag behind in the renewed effort by governments at all levels to ensure that the country was truly free from the virus.

Responding on behalf of members of the Committee, Mr Ode observed that the committee represented all the stakeholders in the state, adding that they saw their selection as a challenge to prove their mettle.


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