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Bill Gates Calls On Nigeria To Spend More On Social Infrastructure, Including Access To Vaccines, Maternal Health Care

Business Day: Bill Gates calls for innovative funding to sustain vaccine financing in Nigeria
“Bill Gates, the chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has called for innovative funding to enable the Nigerian government to sustain health programs and policies that assist vaccine financing in Nigeria. Bill Gates made the disclosure during a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Minister of Financing, Kemi Adeosun, as he seeks further support for his pet project on health projects and vaccine financing supports…” (Edeh, 3/22).

Reuters: Nigeria needs to boost social spending to sustain growth: Gates
“Nigeria needs to boost investment in social infrastructure to lift its population out of poverty and achieve a higher income status, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told Reuters on Thursday. Gates said in an interview that his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $1.6 billion so far in Nigeria to fund pilot projects targeted at health care, agriculture, and financial inclusion, its biggest investment in Africa. But the government needs to boost spending…” (Ohuocha, 3/23).

Vanguard: Nigeria one of the most dangerous places to give birth — Bill Gates
“Chairman, Bill & Melinda Foundation, Bill Gates, has said that Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, and Chad. … According to him, ‘The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive’…” (Agbakwuru, 3/22).

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