By Asma’u Ahmad
The President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has called on the private sector operators to commit one per cent of their annual profits to fund Nigeria’s healthcare services.
Speaking at a meeting with members of the expanded National Economic Council recently, Dangote stressed the need to have a trust fund to revive the nation’s public health sector, like the Education Trust Fund being operated by the federal government and security trust funds in some states.
Dangote expressed the opinion that such a trust fund would go a long way to help the nation’s health sector and improve the people’s well-being in the face of multiple challenges confronting the nation with limited resources available to the government.
“There is need for private sector to come in because the government does not have enough resources to execute all health care infrastructure,” he said. He further clarified that such funds could be administered by the government and the private sector for maximum impact.
Health Reporters gathered that Dangote had on Saturday in Lagos emphasized on the proposal for one per cent profit for the health care trust fund, stressing the need for Nigerians to enjoy good health.
He expressed his readiness to offer necessary assistance to the government on how to come about the trust fund, and also called on private sector operators to be ready to partner with the government for the achievement of improving Nigeria’s public health sector and turn around our human capital availability.