President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a 16-member Nigeria End Malaria Council (NEMC) with Alhaji Aliko Dangote as Chairman.
He said the successful implementation of the Council’s agenda and savings from estimated economic burden of the disease, would save Nigeria about N687 billion in 2022 and N2 trillion by 2030.
Buhari said beyond improving the quality of life, health and well-being of Nigerians, the concerted strategy to tackle malaria had both public health as well as socio-economic benefits for Nigeria.
He said the inauguration today will therefore ensure that malaria elimination remains a priority on Nigeria’s agenda, with strong political commitment from leaders at all levels.
Buhari explained that Dangote was chosen in recognition of his track record and passion for supporting initiatives on various health issues.
He expressed confidence that the Africa`s richest man would bring his outstanding achievements to help the country achieve its goal of malaria elimination.
In his remarks, Dangote thanked the president and all members of the Council for entrusting him with the enormous responsibility, pledging to work hard to achieve the mandate.
He said that the appointment has resonates his current role as the Nigerian Ambassador for Malaria.