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The Australian government pledged $50m and the British, £40m to the global eradication of the scourge

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday in Perth, Australia, announced that the Nigerian Government will commit $60 Million over the next two years to eradicate polio from Nigeria. Speaking at a Global Polio Eradication Initiative event held at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Jonathan said he will inaugurate a Special Task Force headed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate, to oversee and coordinate a national campaign for the eradication of polio, as he pledged during a recent meeting with Bill Gates. “As a leader, I don’t want to see polio in our children, especially knowing fully well that it is a disease that we can completely eradicate and prevent. We will work with the global community to ensure its eradication,” Jonathan said.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, right, and wife Patience arrive for a banquet dinner during Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo: Rob Griffith, Pool / APNigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, right, and wife Patience arrive for a banquet dinner during Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo: Rob Griffith, Pool / AP

Queen Elizabeth II, second left, and Prince Philip, left, greet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, right, and his wife Patience Jonathan at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) banquet dinner in the Golden Ballroom of Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo: Andrew Meares, Pool / AP

Queen Elizabeth II, second left, and Prince Philip, left, greet Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, right, and his wife Patience Jonathan at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) banquet dinner in the Golden Ballroom of Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Photo: Andrew Meares, Pool / AP

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center left, is joined by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, center right, and Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for group photos at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. The Queen vowed to bring needed relevancy to the Commonwealth in a time of global uncertainty and insecurity as a major meeting of the nations linked to Britain's former empire opened Friday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center left, is joined by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, left, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, center right, and Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for group photos at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. The Queen vowed to bring needed relevancy to the Commonwealth in a time of global uncertainty and insecurity as a major meeting of the nations linked to Britain's former empire opened Friday. (AP Photo/Torsten Blackwood, Pool)

(The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld/Associated Press) - Queen Elizabeth arrives for a dinner at the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth, Australia Friday Oct .28, 2011.
FROM LEFT, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER, RR. HON, STEPHEN HARPER, PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, AUTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, JULIA GILLARD, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON AND PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER, SYED YOUSAF RAZA GILLANI DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE ON POLIO ERADICATION TODAY SATURDAY IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA. pm
FROM LEFT, PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER, HON. STEPHEN HARPER,M A POLIO SURVIVOR AND INTERNATIONAL ERADICATION ADVOCATE, RAMESH FERRIS, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, HIS PAKISTANI COUNTERPART, SYED YOUSAF RAZA GILLANI AND PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, JULIA GILLARD AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ON POLIO ERADICATION TODAY SATURDAY IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA. pm
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are seen cruising on a navy barge on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia on Oct. 20, 2011
The Australian Prime Minister and incoming Chairperson of the Commonwealth, Julia Gillard, who presided over the event, pledged that the Australian government will commit a further $50 million to the global polio eradication effort while the British Prime Minister, David Cameron announced that Britain will give an additional £40million pounds sterling.

Gillard said this was to demonstrate the Commonwealth’s commitment to the global eradication of polio.The event was also attended by the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani.Daily Times

At its conclusion, Jonathan, Gillard, Cameron, and Harper joined other Commonwealth Heads of Government to continue their deliberations at an exclusive retreat in Kings Park, Perth. The summit is expected to end on Sunday, after a concluding Executive Session of the participating Heads of Government, and Jonathan is due back in Abuja early on Monday.

Daily Times

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