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We Are Working To Correct Our Lapses – Buhari

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, NECA
Posted: Jul 29, 2016 at 6:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that his administration is working to ensure that lapses, which had worked against Nigeria as a nation, are corrected.

The president stated this while receiving a team led by Dr. Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi and The Global Fund at the State House, Abuja.

In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the president said he was impressed with the patience and steadfastness of leading supporters of health care in Nigeria.

He said: “Despite our shortcomings as a nation, we are making genuine efforts to correct the lapses. We are very serious about people behaving themselves, and being accountable.

“We thank you for deciding to re-engage with us, despite our inefficiencies. You decided to be here, not minding our shortcomings. There are other countries that would bring less problems. We appreciate your commitment, and we will do our best to put ourselves in the best shape to help us.”

Dr. Berkley, who noted that the three focal points of the Buhari administration – security, economic development, and anti-corruption –were critical to the future of Nigeria, had raised issues at the way donor funds for health care were utilised in the past.

He said Gavi and the Global Fund were disappointed when forensic audit revealed systemic weaknesses and corruption in the utilisation of funds given in the past, adding that there is now a “breath of fresh air” under President Buhari’s leadership and fight against corruption.

He said they are now willing to close the books of the past and look into future support.

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who was also at the event, disclosed that those indicted in the audit of the donor funds in the past had been questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and would be arraigned in court soon.