In the framework of the annual conference of the German-Nigerian Energy-Partnership, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Amb. Dr. Godknows B. Igali, and German State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, Prof . Dr. Braun, signed yesterday (22 October) in Abuja a document which ensures the continuation of the very fruitful Energy Partnership between the two countries. The Partnership was established in 2008 and is being continued for a second term which will run at least for the next five years.
On 16 November, the photographic exhibition "Voyage Retour" of the Museum Folkwang, Essen was opened in Lagos. Mrs. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel, German Ambassador in Nigeria, delivered a welcoming speech to the visitors. The exhibition was made possible though the funding of the German Federal Foreign office.
Photographic Exhibition “Voyage Retour” in Lagos
As a sign of support for interfaith dialogue, State Secretary Emily Haber received a group of Christian and Muslim dignitaries from Nigeria in the Federal Foreign Office on 17 September. The 12‑strong delegation was led by the Archbishop of the Nigerian capital Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar.
Interfaith dialogue: Visit from Nigeria
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Germany contributes more than 31 Mio Euro to be used for the Polio Control Programme in Nigeria
On Thursday, 12 September, German Finance Bank KfW and Nigerian Foreign Ministry signed an agreement on a German contribution of 31.5 Mio Euro aimed at the polio eradication in Nigeria. Since 1988 global polio infections have been reduced by 99 %. Today there are only three countries left in which endemic polio exists, in Afghanistan, Pakistan and unfortunately as well in the north of Nigeria.
Nigerian Government in cooperation with WHO and UNICEF initiated 2012/13 the “Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan” with the aim to terminate polio infections in Nigeria till 2014. During the first four stages of the programme vaccination campaigns were financed. In the now beginning fifth phase operational costs for the implementation of the Emergency Plan will be covered. Main target group are children under five years in the relevant 12 Nigerian states. Polio is not curable but can be prevented by a four stage vaccination. German funds will be disbursed to UNICEF and WHO. On the Nigerian side the National Primary Health Care Development Agency is responsible for the implementation.
Over all Germany has made contributions of almost 90 Mio Euro to the Polio Control Programme in Nigeria. Thanks to the international efforts there is justified optimism that Polio will soon be eradicated from Nigeria and all other parts of the world.
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