Nigerian Business mogul and Africa’s richest man, Mr. Aliko Dangote, has called for the realisation of a healthy Nigerian society to enable the country advance forward as a developed sovereign nation.
Dangote, who spoke weekend at the Summit of the Private Sector Health Alliance while inaugurating the Nigeria Health Innovation Market, NHIM, Steering Committee, called for viable partnerships between the Nigerian private sector and Federal government to enable the country attain targets of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
“There is no way we can progress without a healthy society even when you look at it from the business point of view. Having a very healthy society is very important and key for us to be able to move the country forward.
“I can see no reason why we cannot meet the targets of the MDGs, so the private sector must team up and partner with government so that we can deliver on our MDGs,” he remarked.
Admonishing the private sector, Dangote noted: “It is really very important for the private sector to continue collaborating with the Federal government. I see no reason why we sit down comfortably in our air-conditioned offices and aesthetic homes while we are losing about 800 lives annually. It is unacceptable.
“The rule of justice will catch up with us if we fail to act. Let’s stop too much talking and begin to deliver. No matter what is the innovation, unless there is commitment, we will not be able to deliver.
Dangote called for seriousness on the part of government. He said government has to be ready and willing to get support so that the deliveries can be obtained. “It is not that people are not trying but we need to be encouraged.”
In her Keynote Address on Leveraging Innovation and Technology to Improve Health Outcomes, Minister for Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson said what Nigeria requires to meet her health related MDGs is significant.
“Under-five child mortality rate must decline by at least 9 percent year-on-year, and our maternal mortality ratio, which decreased at a rate of 4 percent from 1990 to 2006, must further reduce by at least 9