Wife of Oyo State Governor, Engr. (Mrs). Tamunominini Makinde has reaffirmed her commitment to the well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS, calling on World leaders to join hands with the State Government to promote policies geared towards the victims’ total healthiness.
Engr. Makinde, who Chairs Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OYSACA) made the call today while delivering an address during a rally to mark the 2021 World AIDS Day held at Agodi, Ibadan.
Mrs. Makinde who was represented by the Executive Secretary OYSACA, Dr. Lanre Abass while speaking at this year’s celebration tagged “End Inequalities, End AIDS, Through Sustainable Finance”, noted that it is high time political and world leaders keep to their promises.
“Tackling inequalities will advance the human rights of key populations and people living with HIV, make societies better prepared to beat Covid-19 and other pandemics and support economic recovery and stability. Fulfilling the promise to tackle inequalities will save millions of lives and will benefit society as a whole, but it requires transformative change. Political economic and social policies need to protect the rights of everyone and pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized communities”, she said.
She opined that global inequalities affect everyone irrespective of ethnic group and geographical location, adding that without bold actions, the world risks missing the target to end AIDS by 2030 as highlighted by the United Nations on AIDS (UNAIDS).
She noted that the prolonged COVID-19 pandemics which have spiralled into social and economic crises across the globe are factors that should be looked into in tackling AIDS.
“Leaders must now move commitment to action and be bold to implement policies on inequalities. They must promote inclusive social and economic growth, discriminatory laws, policies and. practices must be eliminated in order to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities. It is time for our leaders to keep their promises to act now.”