On 21/Aug/2019 / In Medical News
A former Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, has advised the Federal Government to invest in the health sector and the well-being of Nigerians so as to improve the social and economic development of the country.
Tomori said the amount of money being looted by those at the helm of affairs was enough to provide proper health facilities across the country and to protect the public from disease outbreaks. The don stated this on Friday while speaking as a guest lecturer at the l 6th distinguished lecture of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo in Ondo State.
The lecture was themed, Nigeria: A nation playing poker with public health. He revealed that if put together in a year, the N13.5m monthly allowance received by each member of the National Assembly would vaccinate nothing less than 30 million children against polio in Nigeria.
The guest lecturer added that individuals had also contributed to the deplorable condition of public health in the country, stressing that only concerted efforts would save the sector. He said, “It is in Nigeria where the EFCC recover stolen funds from corrupt elements. Imagine the positive effect on the socio-economic development of the nation, if such funds are used judiciously.
“Add to the insult of the barefaced looting, the fact that 109 senators, as revealed by one of them receive N13.5m allowance per month, which amounts to N17bn per annum. Just one year allowance of all our senators can fully vaccinate one million Nigerian children.
“Leaders that invest on the well-being of their people reap rewards in economic growth and social development. When our leaders invest in corruption, poor governance and iniquity, we the people get sumptuous Returns on Investment.
“Added to this criminal neglect of laboratory service by the government is the inglorious role played by some of us scientists. On the rare occasion when government uncharacteristically provided supporting funds to improving the health facilities, some of us pocketed the part of the funds, colluded with suppliers and purchased unsuitable laboratory equipment.”
The pioneer VC of the university called on Nigerian leaders to stop traveling abroad for medical treatment. He urged them to develop the health facilities in the country for the benefit of the citizens. Also, the Vice-Chancellor of the UNIMED, Prof Friday Okonofua, described the guest lecturer as one of the leading international icons of public health.
He said the lecture would help the institution in no small measure to rethink the health strategies of the country and reposition it to develop appropriate research around public health and development. Okonofua said the university had truly come of age with successes recorded in its few years of existence.
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