EU-SIGN Commissioning Event – Project Director’s Speech

Ms Allison COE-CHIROSSEL, 27 October 2017

I am here on behalf of Conseil Santé, Health Partners International and SOFRECO, the Consortium Partners that represent the Technical Arm of the EU-SIGN Project. We are happy to be part of this epoch-making event, which marks a turning point in the history of the Project.

Conseil Santé, leading the Consortium, with Health Partners International and SOFRECO as partners are very proud of the journey undertaken up to present to be able to work with the Key Government institutions towards contributing to the goal of reducing childhood morbidity and mortality of vaccine preventable diseases and achieving the objectives to:

  • Ensure sustainable quality routine immunisation services are permanently available through an effective Primary Health Care system in the 23 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and
  • Support the interruption of the wild polio virus transmission in Nigeria.

In May 2014, a long-term technical assistance team of 3 with support staff were set up at the National level and 24 State Technical Assistants in each of the 23 Focal States and the FCT, in addition to intermittent short-term experts being engaged to support the implementation of the Project.

We are grateful for the invaluable working relationships the Team has had over this period with:

  • The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),
  • The Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP),
  • The European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS
  • The 24 State Agencies/Boards, a few of which existed and a large majority that have been created during the Project timeframe,
  • The State counterparts,
  • Other Stakeholders, including development partners, and the
  • The Nigerian People.

Though, the Project encountered a number of hardships during its lifetime, including the passing away of our former Team Leader, Dr Goli LAMIRI who believed and contributed extensively to the Project up until the last day of his life, I must commend the Technical Assistants, in particular, Ms Aminata SIDIBE and Dr James ATTAH, the State Technical Assistants and the national staff for their loyal perseverance and respect of their core values, as framed in their office: HARD WORK, RESULTS ORIENTED, TEAM-WORK, TRANSPARENCY and UNITY.

We were able to take on a new Team Leader, Dr Ibrahim YISA some 7 months later, who integrated at a fast pace to take up his difficult role in a team that had already been created and functional for 32 months. We thank him for his invaluable contribution in taking the Project to this point.

Our experiences in working with contractors and national consultants have been very rewarding and instrumental for the completion of the newly constructed/renovated cold stores, PHC facilities and the timely deliveries of the supplies.

We are happy to note the full participation and demonstration of ownership in the implementation of the different interventions at various levels of health care. We are confident that this will continue to be sustained.

Finally, we thank the Government of Nigeria and the European Union for giving us the opportunity to be part of this process. We are also grateful to all partners for the collaborative relationships in working towards the common objective of improving the health of the Nigerian People.

Once more, I thank you and God bless.