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Saturday, December 03, 2016

SARAKI: Why budget allocations for health remain small


SARAKI: Why budget
allocations for health remain
small
Senate President, Bukola Saraki says that for as
long as government spends money on road
construction, power generation, railway and other
infrastructural facilities which could be invested in
by the private sector, the votes for health will
continue to be small and inadequate.
Saraki made his views on state of health facilities
in the country known while addressing a gathering
of health advocates, market women and school
children at a forum jointly organised in Abuja by
the One Campaign, Code and Wellbeing Foundation
Africa.
He said though health is very important and
deserves priority attention, government must free
funds from other areas to make enough money
available for the sector.
“That is why we have been emphasizing the need
for government to engage the private sector in the
provision of infrastructural facilities like roads,
railway and power. This will enable government to
focus on social services like health and education.
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“I agree with the submission here that government
should spend at least one per cent of its
consolidated revenue on health and increase the
allocation to health to at least 10 per cent of the
total value of the budget as canvassed here. I want
to promise you that we may not achieve all that
immediately but we will move some steps higher
than where we are now in the next budget”, he
said.
The Senate President expressed his agreement with
the submission of some of the speakers that
emphasis should be laid on provision of well-
equipped and properly staffed primary heath care
centres in all the nooks and crannies of the
country, adding that such a plan may not be
attractive to some politicians because it will not
generate much attention but it is the easiest way
to take health services to the grassroots where it is
most needed.
The Senate President was presented with sacks
filled with petitions signed by concerned Nigerians
on the need to increase allocations to the health
sector and provide more primary healthcare centres
while he promised to ensure the National
Assembly act on the demands.
At the occasion were wife of the Senate President,
Mrs Toyin Saraki, Senator Phillip Aduda, Nollywood
actor and member, Lagos State House of
Assembly member, Hon. Desmond Elliot, his
counterpart from Kannywood, Ali Nuhu, Musician
Waje and other dignitaries.

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