Abuja – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has blamed lack of vision by current leaders for the alleged poor governance in the country.
According to a statement by his Office in Abuja, the former Vice President stated this in Owerri where he chaired the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Progressive Governance Lecture Series.
"Nigeria has the resources, but needed "leadership, vision and determination to make things work," he said.
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Abubakar said the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Nigeria had brought to the fore Nigeria's emergency management response strategies.
According to him, the outbreak of the fatal disease called for adequate investments in healthcare, infrastructure and service delivery across the country.
Addressing the inconsistency between Nigeria's resources and its performance, Abubakar said the statistics were disturbing.
"The outbreak of Ebola has only exposed the underbelly of our healthcare system," he added.
He regretted that the doctor-to-patient ratio in Nigeria was 1 to 6 400, which is far below the WHO standard of 1 to 600, despite Nigeria's vast resources and human capital.
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"Highly qualified and experienced medical professionals who were trained at public expense chose to practice abroad."
He also lamented that at 50 percent access to improved water source and 35 percent adequate sanitation for Nigerians, the country was among the lowest in the world.
On infant and maternal mortality rate of 74 and 630 respectively, the former Vice President said the figures put Nigeria among the worst.
According to him, health is not a privilege but a right which every citizen in a modern society is entitled to.
He explained that security and healthcare were critical areas posing urgent and grave challenges to Nigeria.
- CAJ News