The Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Aliyu Gambo, on Thursday disclosed that the population of Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS has reduced to 1.8 million from the previous figure of 3.5 million.

Aliyu who spoke when he led a team from the agency to pay a familiarisation visit to Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, said with the right mindset, Nigeria can control the epidemic.

He explained that with a proper mindset, it is possible to further reduce the prevalence of the disease during his tenure.

“The situation of HIV in the country has reduced in the past 15 years due to huge national investment,” and that the concluded Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) exercise has given Nigeria the tool to work towards epidemic control based on the credible data generated and which has been accepted worldwide.

“Nigeria can aggressively contain the spread of the epidemic because Nigeria has the capacity and resources to collectively achieve its goal to curb the virus,” he stated.

He acknowledged the AGF as a key and strategic partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS and that NACA will welcome AGF’s contribution towards the sustainability of the fight against AIDS in Nigeria.

In his speech, Idris noted that his office has introduced a number of public finance reforms in the management of the economy.

According to him, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has initiated a number of public finance reform initiatives in managing and forecasting of government revenues.

These reforms include but not limited to Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) which is the platform for payment of salaries to a civil servant in all MDAs and implementation of e-service in Nigeria.

In addition, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation supervises Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure that the revenue allocated to them are utilized according to public service rules and financial regulations, therefore, the AGF is the life wire of the economy. We are not a bank or a Ministry but we have a strict mandate on the financial management of the economy.

He congratulated the Director-General of NACA on his appointment and promised to partner and support the agency because they are doing a great job in curbing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nigeria.