FG seeks N3b for measles campaign
• Senate warns against frivolous corrupt petitions
The Federal Government will provide a counterpart funding of about N3 billion for the 2017 -2018 planned measles campaign through a supplementary budget.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, disclosed this yesterday when Seth Berkley, the chief executive officer of the Global Alliance For Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) led a delegation to the committee.
“National Assembly is aware that Nigeria is expected to provide a counterpart funding of about $11 million (which is approximately N3billion) for the 2017 -2018 planned measles campaign, “ Ohuabunwa stated.
He said the senate committee was meant to drive on the required efficiency and accountability of many of the country’s partnerships including Gavi in order to reposition the healthcare system.
GAVI was said to have been bridging the gap in vaccine financing among many countries of the world and has been doing great intervention in the healthcare system in the country.
However, Ohuabunwa asked Gavi to grant Nigeria the permission to pre-fund activities for the measles campaign pending when the operational funds from Gavi and the Federal Government would be released.
Meanwhile, Senate yesterday called for caution against the submission of frivolous petitions to its committee handling petitions on corrupt practices from government owned establishments.
It also observed that the use of mischievous petitions account for the seeming weakness and failure of the anti-graft agencies in prosecuting cases on corrupt allegations.