Bill Gates, president of the Bill and Melinda Foundation, said last Thursday that Nigeria is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for childbirth with maternal mortality rates among the worst in the world.
The tycoon made this revelation at the National Economic Council attended by Aliko Dangote and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The theme of the event was “The Role of Human Capital Investment in Supporting Pro-Poor Economic Growth Programs”. Bill Gates urged the government to maximize their resources for the development of the health and education sectors.
“The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will become a prosperous nation when all Nigerians are able to prosper. If you invest in their health, education and opportunities, then they will lay the foundation for sustainable prosperity. However, if you do not, it is very important to recognize that there will be a limit to the growth of the country, “said the billionaire..
“Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world for childbirth with some of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, ahead of Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic and Chad. One in three children suffers from chronic malnutrition. I urge you to apply this line of thought to all your investments in your people.
The Nigerian Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan sees investment in its people as one of three strategic objectives. But implementation priorities do not fully reflect people’s needs, putting priority on physical capital rather than on human capital
To anchor the economy in the long run, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people. Places without roads, ports and factories can not prosper. And the roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can not support an economy. “he added.
The businessman is visiting Nigeria to review the country’s progress in delivering primary health care, polio eradication, nutrition and financial inclusion.