A senior delegation from the ONE Campaign met with His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Honourable Minister for Health on April 8th. They also met with key legislators including the Senate President, His Excellency Senator Bukola Saraki, Sen. Dino Melaye and Sen. Abiodun Olujimi on April 9th. ONE’s Delegation included Co-Founder Bono, Board Chairman Tom Freston, CEO Gayle Smith and Nigeria Country Director Serah Makka-Ugbabe. Discussions focused on building effective partnerships for the delivery of healthcare to Nigerians and transparency and accountability in public institutions. The delegation, along with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a member of ONE’s Board of Directors, presented to Vice President Osinbajo a declaration signed by over 67,000 Nigerian youth detailing their policy priorities for the new term of the Buhari Administration.
Said Bono: “Accountable politicians and empowered citizens are clearly key to any country’s bright future. Delighted to see that combination encouraged here in Abuja by the Vice President and Health Minster last night and now the Senate President today. No one branch of government on its own can achieve what’s needed. Just as we do all around the world, ONE will meet with anyone in the service of our goal of health care for everyone. The almost 3 million members of ONE in Nigeria, led by ONE’s Nigeria Director Serah Makka-Ugbabe, are a powerful force for that better future, and I’m here to listen, to learn and to support their efforts.”
Serah Makka-Ugbabe, ONE’s Nigeria Country Director said, “Our campaign is built on the ideal of strong, transparent institutions that are responsible to their citizens. The ONE Campaign in Nigeria has worked with partners to secure the allocation of 1% CRF towards the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, a Vote Your Future campaign which put the views of Nigeria’s youth front and centre in national political debate and ongoing work on Transparency and Accountability across government sectors. As the ONE Campaign, we need accountable politicians in the executive branch and in the legislative branch. We and our almost 3 million of empowered citizens of Nigeria will do our part.”
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