Meeting Bill Gates: Dangote flies Zulum, others to Seattle
Ahead of a Primary Health Care and Human Capital Development Roundtable to be hosted by world’s richest man, Mr Bill Gates, Borno Governor, and some of his colleagues, early morning today, flew to Seattle city in the United States of America, on board a jet provided by Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is to co-chair the round table.
Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, said in a statement, that Governor Zulum, who was invited by both Gates and Dangote, departed Abuja on Sunday night to Lagos, before flying straight to Seattle the following day. He noted that, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which has been making intervention on primary healthcare for some states in Nigeria, has its headquarters in Seattle, a city in Washington state.
The statement said, while Gates had been of support to Borno state, interactions between him and Governor Zulum on review of primary healthcare activities, had largely been through video conferencing.
Zulum is expected to arrive Seattle by evening of Monday, attend the round-table on Tuesday and Wednesday and depart the United States with Dangote’s jet, immediately after the event is concluded by Wednesday evening, to head back to Nigeria.
Gusau noted that during event, Zulum is expected to meet senior heads of various intervention programs from ”the global development division and the global growth and opportunity division” of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, to discuss ways communities in Borno state can derive maximum benefits on healthcare and human capital development.
The special adviser recalled that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation had in previous years, supported Borno state on agricultural livelihoods in Kaga local government area in addition to consistent support on enhancing primary healthcare particularly through the fight against polio and some child killer diseases.
Borno state had in 2016 emerged one of the best performing states in the area of primary healthcare. The recognition by the Gates foundation earned for the state, increased intervention on primary healthcare.