Nigeria risks another pandemic if it fails to take advantage of opportunities presented by COVID-19 to develop its health infrastructure, the Federal Government has warned.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha raised the alarm while inaugurating the Board of Experts (BoE) of the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS) in Abuja on Monday.
According to him: “If we lose the sense of the moment, we will be confronted with another pandemic and we will find ourselves starting all over again.
“If we had built on the experiences of Ebola and other epidemics that we have dealt with in the past, probably today we wouldn’t have started with about two molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19.”
He added: “If you travel the shores of this country, you will find out that we have over 10,000 public primary healthcare centres scattered inwards and villages across the country, ill-equipped, ineffective and not being put into use but we keep building them.”
He appealed to members of the Board of Experts to also look at governance structures in the healthcare sector apart from your primary responsibilities.
2. Reps urged to pass National Innovation Agency’s establishment Bill
Northern youth groups under Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) have appealed to the House of Representatives to quickly pass the Bill seeking to establish National Innovation Agency (NiNNOVA) into law, to allow development of Nigeria outside the oil sector.
The group said, the Agency if established will coordinate innovation activities as well as administer funding to grow and support the innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
It stressed that, the Bill is of national interest and importance, arguing that, it will drive the process for diversification of the economy, as many countries which have followed such line have witnessed tremendous benefits and are among the most developed countries in the world.
In a statement by its Speaker, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, AYA giving an inkling of what can be achieved through the Agency, pointed out that, China, Japan and India which are global economic giants do not have a drop of oil, but India rakes in a whopping 140 billion US Dollars annually from ICT-based solutions and services.
3.Magu: NYCNbacks Buhari over anti-corruption
Thousands of youths under the aegis of the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) yesterday threw their weights behind the decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The group who rallied from the Unity fountain to the presidential villa also applauded the President on his resolve to rid the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of corrupt practices.
NYCN President, Comrade Solomon Adodo in an open letter to President Buhari particularly expressed satisfaction with the role played by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to rid the country of corrupts practices.
4. You Came Here To Mislead Nigerians, Lawmakers Tell Akpabio
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission have accused Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, of misleading the parliament and the public.
Honourable Thomas Ereyi-Tobi, who is presiding over the hearing, also accused Akpabio of lying under oath while testifying before the panel.
He said, "I have listened attentively through all your submissions but I just want to tell you one thing, you came here to mislead the parliament and you are under oath. That is what you have done deliberately.
"You decided to just come here and mislead the parliament. I want to put it to you that your submission and all the annexures, 8,9,10 and 11 are misleading.
"Before then, you said you have no link of any contract between yourself and NDDC, your job is just to supervise but correspondences show you have been given approval of forensic auditor and contracts."
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