NO HE DID NOT DONATE A PENNY !
AP withdraws story about Ted Turner pledging $80m to UN foundation
ABUJA: The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Ted Turner pledging $80 million to aUnited Nations foundation to fight childhood polio and measles in Nigeria.
Amy DiElsi, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the United Nations Foundation, says Ted Turner has made no such pledge.
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The chairman of United Nation’s Foundation and founder of Cable New Network (CNN), Mr Ted Turner, has donated $1 billion towards the eradication of polio in Nig.eria..
“Nigeria must keep up the fight against child killer diseases by continuing to leverage the power of modern vaccine that is key to eradicating polio and reducing measles,” he said.
He was impressed that Nigeria had reduced cases of polio by 98 per cent with only eight cases confirmed in 2010 and donated $1 billion for the cause.
Turner, who visited the Sokoto sultanate in the Northern part Nigeria also paid a courtesy visit to Sultan, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“With support from traditional leaders like the Sultan, we are on the verge of achieving the first great humanitarian victory of the 21st century, the complete elimination of a disease that once afflicted millions,” he said.
Polio virus spread out from Northern Nigeria in 2008 and sparked an outbreak in 17 African countries posing a major challenge to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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