The details of President Bola Tinubu’s meeting with the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, and the President of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja has been revealed.
President Bola Tinubu pledged to give priority attention to the health and safety of Nigerians, noting that for any country to develop, the health of its people, particularly the workforce, is critical.
The President spoke when he received Bill Gates and Dangote on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While saluting the courage and commitment of Bill Gates to working for humanity, he commended the partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation.
The President said his administration would do all that is required to make their work in Nigeria and Africa successful, particularly in the area of eradicating polio, measles, malaria, and other diseases from the continent.
He, however, warned about budgetary constraints and other issues around funding.
The President praised Bill Gates’ efforts in the area of climate change and in eradicating polio and malaria in Africa.
He told the philanthropist that the West needed to hear more from him with respect to the plight of developing countries, saying, “You have all it takes to help developing nations more.”
Dangote, in his remarks to the media after the visit, congratulated President Tinubu on his election and the successful assumption of office.
He said the visit to the villa was to brief the President on the activities of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Aliko Dangote Foundation, highlighting their commitment to improving the health sector in Nigeria.
He expressed the foundations’ willingness to cooperate further with the government in achieving its goals.
He seized the opportunity to commend the President for the removal of fuel subsidy, expressing confidence that more state funds would be allocated to education, health, infrastructure, and other critical areas of the economy