Group Asks Buhari To Invest Abacha Loot In Health And Education
So, President Muhammadu Buhari had said the money stolen by former dictator Sani Abacha, about $322 million would be invested in his government’s social intervention programme.
But many people think there could be a better way to invest the money.
This group, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), is among those who believe that the Federal Government should invest the Abacha loot on human development such as healthcare and education.
Mr Sesugh Akume, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
“Such a large amount can also be invested in upgrading and equipping the National Hospital, Abuja and other federal government hospitals across the country, many of which are at various states of dysfunction and dilapidation.
“This amount could also be positioned as counterpart funding toward public-private partnerships to upgrade General Hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres all across the federation.
“Government can also use the amount to set up schemes that make drugs and medical supplies readily available on a sustainable basis,” the group.
The group said by investing the money in the healthcare sector for instance, the sector would be functional such that many Nigerians going abroad for medical treatment would be attended to in the country with less bills, compared to what obtains abroad.
The party also urged that the loot be used to improve the education sector with a view to ensuring that children of the poor enroll in schools to receive quality education.