The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu met with Aliko Dangote, president and co-chairman of Aliko Dangote Group and Bill Gates. co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today.
The meeting which was held at Aso Rock, Abuja, was part of the Gates Foundation’s commitment to collaborate with leaders for the advancement of programs that can provide a better living to the people across Africa.
Dangote disclosed that the visit to the Villa was to brief the president on the activities of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Aliko Dangote Foundation. Tinubu pledged to give priority attention to the health and safety of Nigerians and saluted the courage and commitment of Bill Gates to working for humanity as well as the partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
The President said his administration would do all that is required to make the works of the Aliko Dangote Foundation as well as the BMGF in Nigeria and Africa successful, particularly in the area of eradicating polio, measles, malaria and other diseases from the continent.
The BMGF media team reports that the visit was part of the Foundation’s commitment “to work closely with communities and leaders to support innovation that can help accelerate progress and improve lives across Africa.”
Speaking on the visit, the nation’s health sector stakeholders considered the action by the President a step further to development and innovation in the health department. This signifies the prominence of the health sector to his administration.
Bill Gates’ visit to Nigeria
Bill Gates’ decision to visit Nigeria was revealed days ago. It was reportedly said that the visit would tackle some health-related discussions.
Gates’ visit was foretold to be a follow-up to his previous visit to China which addressed global health and development with national, local leaders, foundation partners, scientists, young innovators, and others.
A statement added: “Gates and other foundation leaders are visiting to learn from partners helping to address polio, anaemia, and other health threats; scientists applying research to develop agricultural innovations that will help with food security and climate adaptation; innovators using technology to improve access to financial services; and others working to improve lives in Niger and Nigeria and throughout the continent.
The statement mentioned how Gates and Dangote would yield investments and advance policies that will promote and provide equitable opportunity, despite challenging economic conditions.
Expectations from the meeting are that the visitors would indulge Nigerian students and young leaders in intellectual and insightful conversations. These conversations will help the young minds gain insights into how science and innovation can influence positive changes across Africa.
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