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Nigeria Set For UN Assembly On AIDS

Posted: Apr 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Ejikeme Omenazu



The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) is stepping up efforts to ensure that Nigeria participates in the coming United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

This follows the official visit of Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), to Nigeria in February.

Oluseyi Soremekun, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, who disclosed this on Monday, said the meeting is billed to take place in New York, United States, from June 8 to 10 this year.

Soremekun quoted Prof John Idoko, Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), who said, “NACA recognises the importance of the upcoming High Level Meeting to the global goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

“My team is working hard to ensure that Nigeria contributes to preparations for the meeting and that it is represented by the highest political leadership possible during the meeting.

“The upcoming meeting offers a timely and critical opportunity for the political leadership in Nigeria to help nurture the global partnership and cooperation that shall guide and monitor the AIDS response up to 2021 and beyond.”

During his official visit to Nigeria in February, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, held a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during which he explained the importance of High Level Meeting and appealed to the Nigerian authorities to play a leadership role in it.

He made similar appeals during meetings with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal; Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance; Senator Udo Udoma, the Minister Budget and Planning; Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, members of the National Assembly, the Director General of NACA, the donor community, the private sector and the civil society.

Dr Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), said: “It has become scientifically evident that the world can defeat AIDS by 2030 and that Nigeria can lead this global success.”