Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President has agreed with Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, that the success of Nigeria’s efforts at the national development will depend on the determined application of human skills and efforts from people who are healthy, educated and empowered.
Yemi Osinbajo said this while responding to Gate’s comments about the Nigerian government’s economy National Economic Revival and Growth Plan, NERGP which the Microsoft founder noted does not make adequate provisions for investments in people who are supposed to be the drivers and the beneficiaries of the economic plan.
Gates spoke at the Expanded National Economic Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
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However, Osinbajo said that government is fully aware that human resources are critical for the developing the economy and this is the major reason why the current administration is doing everything possible to improve basic infrastructural essential for the enrichment of proper human life.
He said “Nigeria has strong economic growth and development ambitions encapsulated in our Economic Recovery And Growth Plan which we launched in 2017. All of those lofty ambitions can only be achieved through the determined application of human skill and effort and for that effort to be meaningful and productive, it has to come from people who are healthy, educated and who empowered.”
The Vice President added that one of the major planks of Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth policy is to invest in the people by means of expanding the reach and quality of health care through the National Health Insurance Scheme and ensuring standard basic education for all persons without leaving the quality of secondary and post-secondary education unimproved.