The Speaker of House of Representatives, Amimu Waziri Tambuwal has restated government’s commitment to stamp out terrorism in the country, as he sought the support of the international community during this difficult period.
“Our government is doing everything possible to ensure that we address the challenges that we are facing today, because terrorism is not only common to Nigeria. It is an international phenomenon and collectively we are working with other countries of the world to ensure that we address those challenges,” he enthused.
The Speaker disclosed this in Accra at the weekend, at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Dialogue and Retreat of the Alliance of Southern CS in Global Health Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD) International.
He told the gathering that the conference was initially scheduled to be hosted by Nigeria, but it had to be moved to Ghana due to security challenges in the former.
“Gentlemen of the press, ladies and gentlemen, this conference or this retreat was meant to hold and take place on the shores, on the soil of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Of course understandably, for reasons known to all of us which bother on concern for security; it was shifted to our sister country Ghana,” he revealed.
Tambuwal deplored the state of health care delivery in Nigeria, especially maternal and child mortality, just as he queried the utilization of funds appropriated to the sector.
He said while Nigeria had adopted the major global initiatives affecting children, including 100 domestic policies, maternal and child morbidity were unacceptably high. He said one out of every six children die before the age of five.