The President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday resumed duties after his vacation
In a press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina,”In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly of his resumption.
“I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation.”
Mr. Adesina on his twitter page also added the President is billed to receive a briefing from the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who has been acting as President while he was away on vacation.
He arrived at exactly 7.41am at the Air Force Base Mando in Kaduna State.
The President was received by the Kaduna State Deputy Governor Bala Bantex, GOC 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the Air Officer Commanding,Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Christopher Okoye, the Commissioner of police and other dignitaries.
President Buhari after alighting from the Presidential Jet, was immediately taken to Abuja with a chopper.
Buhari Thanks Nigerians For Their Support And Prayers
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has flagged off the Primary Health Care Revitalisation Programme, with the commissioning of the Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre.
The center in a suburb if the nation’s capital is designed to provide Model Primary Health Care.
“Our goal of revitalising the Primary Health Care Centres is to ensure that quality basic health care services are delivered to majority of Nigerians irrespective of their location in the country.
“We shall focus more on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in our society such as women, children under 5years of age and the elderly in collaboration with national and international partners.
“Let me state clearly, that this revitalisation programme is in alignment with the agenda of our party, the All Progressive Congress (APC). We did promise to provide succor to the poor while at the same time providing for all other segments of the society,” he stated.
On other effort of the government to revitalise the nation’s health sector, the President said: “I am aware that out of pocket payment for health constitute over 70% of total health expenditure. This is more than the globally recommended 30-40%. However, only less than 5% of the total population is covered by any kind of health insurance or risk protection mechanism which is against the recommended 90% coverage by the World Health Organisation.
“Our vision is to reverse this unsatisfactory situation and better care for the poor and needy”.
During campaigns, the All Progressives Congress, the president’s political party, promised to revitalise one Primary Health Care Centre in each of the political wards in Nigeria.
“So far, we have commenced the revitalisation of one Primary Health Care in each senatorial zone in the country.
“Our vision is to revitalise 10,000 Primary Health Care Facilities in Nigeria using a phased approach. The first phase of this approach is what we are flagging off today. It will signal the revitalization of the first 109 Primary Health Care facilities across the 36 states and the FCT.
“Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre has been renovated as a model primary health care centre where quality health care services will be obtained at little or no cost to the beneficiaries”, the President told the gathering.
The revitalisation was handled by the Government (Federal Ministry of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Federal Capital Development Administration and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital) and Partners such as General Electric and Sterling Bank.
President Buhari assured Nigerians that the government would continue to ensure that they have access to quality basic health care services.
“Accordingly, the provision in the National Health Act, 2014 for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund is in the process of being implemented. I also assure my fellow countrymen and women that our Administration will fulfill all the promises made to the people.
“The provision of quality health care service will reverse the poor health indices in the country.
“I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying needlessly during childbirth; our children will no more be dying needlessly as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment; access to health care will not be limited because of lack of money to pay,” he assured Nigerians.
The president also commended the Honourable Minister of Health and his team for ensuring the flag off of the programme and called on all our state governors to see the programme as a call to action to make revitalisation of Primary Health Care Centres a vital part of their agenda.
“Our Government has also through the Saving One Million Lives Initiative, provided 1.5 Million USD to each state government and FCT to ensure quality health care to women and children.
“I want to thank our development partners especially, the United States Government, the World Bank, the European Union and Department For International Development for supporting the health sector in providing quality health service to our people.
“I want to also thank our National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Sterling Bank and General Electric for the renovation and provision of the necessary equipment including an ambulance at Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre. We have set up an accountability mechanism to ensure that this Primary Health Care Facility remains functional.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders to ensure that this facility continues to work optimally by using it and ensuring that the health professionals are delivering quality services.
“Health Workers should also play their parts in ensuring the sustainability of this model Primary Health Care,” emphasising that their dedication to their duties would add impetus to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the boards of three parastatals in the Ministry of Petroleum.
The President charged the members to ensure transparency and integrity in the management of resources from oil and gas, the major revenue earners in the country.
The boards include the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board and the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
He asked them to advise the Minister of Petroleum Resources on the most effective way for Nigeria to get value for money or assets, calling on them to ensure that the NNPC charts a better way to face the economic challenges in the sector.
He said they should explore more innovative ways to handle the joint venture funding, constraints in the sector