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Focus On North East Heightened Insecurity In Other Parts – President Buhari

17 July 2019 National News News


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to various parts of the country. 

The president said criminals took advantage of the focus on the North East to commit crimes in other parts of the country.

Receiving executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by the President Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile at the State House, Buhari assured Nigerians that security still tops his list of priorities. 

If you cannot secure a country or institution, you  cannot manage it,” he said. He noted that efforts were still ongoing to improve employment level, following the success in getting many into the agricultural sector.

He said that opening up the economy for investments and getting the youths engaged will control crime rate. On health and education, Buhari urged states and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing the efforts of the Federal Government, especially in getting more children into classrooms.

“The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution. “The states also have elites who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris,” he said.

In his remarks, the President of the NMA said there was a need to make the National Health Insurance Scheme compulsory for all Nigerians, including those in the informal sector.

He also urged the Federal Government to strengthen the primary health care system, institute a health bank where medical professionals can access loans for facilities, remove duties on imported medical equipment and give more attention to security. He canvassed that the budget on health should be improved from four percent to 15 per cent.  

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