I’m Troubled By Nigeria’s Current Challenges — Abubakar

General-Abdulsalami-AbubakarFormer head of state General Abdulsalam Abubakar yesterday decried the current challenges confronting Nigeria.
The retired general said this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital at the commissioning of the renovated General Hospital.
His words: “As someone who has watched our country triumph over a civil war and several other crises and had the privilege of supervising our country’s return to democracy, I am troubled by the challenges that currently confront our country. However, I have no doubt in my mind that our country will overcome these transient challenges and take its rightful place in the league of prosperous nations.
“Indeed, acts of good governance such as demonstrated by your government’s youth development efforts and today’s opening of this beautiful edifice as well as the entrenchment of equity and justice can hold the promise of restoring our people’s faith in this country and strengthening our preparedness to work together to build the Nigeria we all desire and deserve.
While congratulating the beneficiaries of this modern edifice on the joy of today, I urge you to make the best use of the facilities, through effective patronage to meet your health needs. It is only in so doing that you can justify the government’s huge investment in the scheme.
“Let me call government at all levels to continue to implement programmes and projects that will elevate our people and provide them with sustainable standards of living.
“Your determination to put this hospital back to shape is a clear confirmation of your love for the people of Kwara State and determination to positively affect their lives.
Furthermore, your efforts to create Shared Prosperity in your state and that of other state governments that have shown a commitment to improving the lives of their people, is a silver lining in the cloud hovering over our country at this time.”
In his remark, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said that his administration’s “surveillance efforts, advocacy programs and targeted interventions such as free medical care for pregnant women and under fives, we have reduced maternal and child mortality and also created in our people the need to better take care of themselves and their environment through simple everyday measures.”
He added that state’s primary health systems are now better equipped with modern facilities and infrastructure following supply of drugs and equipment to 43 primary healthcare centres.
He said that: “The reasons for this programmatic emphasis are obvious. First, a functional health system ensures the welfare of our people by keeping them in good health and providing access to quality healthcare when required.
“Second, it is an incontrovertible that we cannot improve our people’s human capital unless they enjoy optimum health and can actively participate in socio-economic development.
“At this point, it is pertinent to note that aside from the structural renovation and installation of modern medical equipment, the ultramodern General Hospital boasts of qualified and committed medical personnel that can compete favourably anywhere in the world.
“It is appropriate to also mention that the hospital will complement health services rendered by the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Sobi Specialist Hospital and other health facilities in the state.”