PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has restated that security still is at the top of his agenda as he remained confident that the successes scored in the defeat of terrorists in the North-East would be extended to other parts of the country facing challenges of insecurity.
Welcoming members of the executive committee of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Tuesday, led by their President, Dr Francis Faduyile, at the State House, Abuja, the president noted that subversives and terrorists took advantage of the focus on the challenges in the North-East to commit crimes in other parts of the country.
He hoped that opening up the economy for investments and getting the youths engaged would control the crime rate in the country.
Speaking on the successes of his administration in other sectors, the president claimed that efforts were going on to improve on the level unemployment especially with the success in getting many persons into the agriculture sector.
He explained that the “issues of health and education are constitutional,” as he urged states and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing the efforts of the Federal Government in getting more children into classrooms.
He added: “If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the Constitution.
“The states also have elite who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris.”
The NMA president commended the efforts of the government to reposition the country, especially in the health sector, where a cancer centre was established at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital.
He praised the president for always looking towards the association to appoint competent members for positions in the health sector and assured that the association would continue to partner the government to bring good health services to Nigerians.
Faduyile said that there was need to make the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) compulsory for all Nigerians, including those in the informal sector while he pointed out that some special treatments, like cancer, will require funds that might be beyond the reach of many.
On this, he took the opportunity to canvas that the budget on health be improved from four per cent per cent to 15 per cent.
Urging the Federal Government to further strengthen primary health care system, institute a health bank where medical professionals could access loans for facilities, the NMA president recommended the removal of duties on imported medical equipment.