Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
By Ibrahim Shuaibu
As part of its strategy to eradicate polio in Kano State, the government has announced winners of the competition introduced for the 44 local governments to determine the local governments that have performed well in immunising the highest number of children and deeper and broader reach to the communities in their areas.
Presenting the trophy to Fagge Local Government Council, which placed first in the just concluded fifth round of the polio immunisation exercise in the state Wednesday at Government House, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said that government has adopted various measures to ensure the success of the exercise and to equally tackle the lingering problems that have negated the success of the campaign for many years.
The Governor revealed that Kura Local Government placed second, while Dawakin Kudu came third and Doguwa Local Government took the fourth position.
Kwankwaso also pointed out that other measures apart from awarding the outstanding performing local governments include sacking of all the officers and other staff who had converted the polio eradication exercise into a money spinning venture, as well as creating a review mechanism to evaluate the exercise every month.
He assured that the time of mismanaging polio intervention funds is over in Kano State as government is not only ready to sack any one found wanting but also prosecute him or her in a court of law. He also warned that government will not tolerate any act of sabotage.
The Governor then reiterated his administration’s determination to eradicate the disease before the end of 2013, which is the stipulated United Nations deadline for the total eradication of the disease all over the world.
Speaking also, the state commissioner of health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, who is a member of the state task force polio on eradication, told the governor that some of the measures considered in selecting the winner include the level of commitment from the stakeholders during the exercise.