2023: Obi pledges access to free medical care for 100m Nigerians if elected

By our reporter| The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi on Saturday pledged to prioritise the welfare of the poor Nigerians if elected president in 2023.

The former Anambra state governor who made the pledge while speaking at the Success Conference 2022 in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, said the Nigerian people would be involved in policy formulation and administration.

According to him, Nigerian youths would be the proponent of his agenda to transform the economy.

“The overall task of our leadership in 2023 is to streamline governance and ensure that it is responsive, transformative, and effective. We will demonstrate that good governance is all about providing the needed services to the people,” Obi said.

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“If elected the next president of Nigeria, youths would be the main proponents of my main agenda to transform Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. The two main components of this agenda are human capital development and finance.

“Under my leadership, the federal government will prioritise the ability of our educational system to produce the necessary skilled labour force that coincides with the 21st-century labour market demand, alongside providing entrepreneurial education at all levels.”

According to the LP flagbearer, health and education are vital to the development of the country, pledging to ensure that “at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical care”.

“Given the role of health in reinforcing education in the measure of productivity, my leadership will pay serious attention to the health system by ensuring that at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical services through an integrated health insurance scheme.

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“If elected, we intend to create a professionally managed SME Equity Fund within the first year of office with the goal of promoting the development of at least one value-added industry that will utilise the local raw material supply, be it agricultural or mineral, in every local government in Nigeria.”

The World Bank had earlier in the year projected that the number of poor Nigerians will hit 95.1 million in 2022.

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