Political Instability, Insecurity, Infectious Diseases Have Beclouded Devt - Jonathan
By: Winifred Ogbebo on July 15, 2013 - 4:24pm
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday in Abuja, said that political instability, insecurity and infectious diseases have beclouded African leaders’ efforts at rapid development and effective optimization of the abundant potentials of Africa continent.
He said across Africa, infectious diseases have not only slowed down economic growth, they have contributed to the depletion of human capital, food insecurity and high maternal and child mortality.
Addressing African leaders at the ongoing African Union (AU) Special Summit of Heads of States and Governments on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Jonathan expressed the hope that together and with home grown initiatives, African leaders can systematically and comprehensively address these tough challenges.
He said, “Our people are anxious for tangible results and concrete action to improve their quality of life. As we look forward to a productive summit, meeting the needs of our people by achieving these goals should be our collective resolve’
Nigeria’s president also advocated that Africans should look inwards in the search for solutions, calling on African leaders to contribute to the replenishment of the Global Fund to sustain its noble mission.