Lagos, March 22, 2019 A tax expert, Mr Taiwo Oyedele, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to decline assent to the National Housing Fund (Establishment) Act 2018 passed by the National Assembly.
Oyedele, Head of Tax and Corporate Advisory Services in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), West Africa, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
NNN recalls that the revised National Housing Fund (NHF) Bill was passed on Feb. 18 by the National Assembly and is awaiting presidential assent to repeal the 1992 NHF Act.
The National Housing Fund (NHF) is a Federal Government housing scheme to which all public servants and employees in the organised private sector within the country are expected to contribute 2.5 per cent of their monthly salary to Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, managers of the fund.
The tax expert said that the revised bill was regressive and failed to get the basic input of various stakeholders.
“The President should send the bill back to the National Assembly, and the National Assembly should engage all stakeholders.
“They do not have entitlement to Nigeria than the rest of us.
“They should carry everybody along, from labour to workers, employers, insurance companies, bankers and PFAs, all the groups that they are planning to put the burden upon.
“Let them have a say. Even if you are not going to approve what they say, listen to them first,” he said.
According to Oyedele, making all employers liable to deduct and remit the contributions monthly without a threshold would worsen the ease of doing business and Nigeria’s paying taxes ranking.
“The penalty for non-compliance of up to N100 million for corporates and N10 million for individuals is draconian, excessive and disproportionate to the violations under the law,” he said.
The tax expert said that the revised bill also failed to address the shortcomings of the 1992 NHF Act on the issue of land ownership and titles as well as the current Land Use Act.
Oyedele said that increasing the tax burden of contributors without addressing other fundamental issues like land registration and legal framework for real estate investment trusts was inconsistent with the 2017 National Tax Policy.
The tax expert said that imposition of the 2.5 per cent levy on cement was a tax on property development which would make housing even less affordable.
“It is counter-intuitive to impose a tax on cement in order to make housing development more affordable,” he said.
The expert said the bill would also have negative impact on the capital market, saying banks and insurance companies setting aside 10 per cent of their profits for NHF investment would reduce returns to shareholders.
“This will reduce the attractiveness of the capital market and value of the shares.
“It also means that funds will be forcefully diverted from other uses and result to less liquidity and higher cost of borrowing.
“Pensioners will be worse off as the return of two per cent per annum on their contributions to be withdrawn after attaining 60 years of age or 35 years of service means their investment will be completely eroded,” he said.
Oyedele urged the President to reject the bill to ensure fairness, inclusiveness and sustainable national growth and development.
The UN and business leaders in Nigeria would Thursday launch a joint initiative for private companies to join the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund for the Northeast.
The UN said the ‘Nigeria Humanitarian Fund – Private Sector Initiative’ provides private sector companies and business with the opportunity to contribute to the fund.
The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund is a country-based pooled fund alongside donor countries, set up in May 2017 and managed by the United Nations, to support a timely, coordinated and principled humanitarian response.
It is the first-ever joint humanitarian fund in which the private sector would join donor countries in providing assistance for humanitarian action.
The platform is a first in the world for humanitarian action, and it is a major innovation that would serve as a blueprint for other country-based funds.
The joint initiative seeks to harness the financial resources and expertise of Nigeria’s private sector to contribute to a more effective and timely humanitarian response in Nigeria.
The initiative also aimed to allow humanitarian actors to step up their response in north-east Nigeria, where the Boko Haram crisis has affected millions of families, the UN said.
The UN said: “The humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria that has spilled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, is one of the most severe in the world today.
“In north-east Nigeria, 10 years of conflict have left more than seven million people in dire need of help in the three worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
“About 1.8 million people are internally displaced. People need food, water, shelter and health services.
“But with other global crises competing for scarce resources, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund is today evolving to partner with the Nigerian private sector to mobilise additional resources and ensure more timely and effective lifesaving support for the affected population”.
The launch would be attended by leaders of Nigeria’s private sector, senior UN representatives, representatives of donor countries and the civil society.
“Mr Jim Ovia, Founder and pioneer Group of Zenith Bank (NHF PSI Founder Donor and Steering Group Chair) and CEO Mr Wale Tinubu of Oando – one of Africa’s largest integrated energy solutions provider – are among several of Nigeria’s top business leaders who have joined this collaborative, accountable and measurable platform for humanitarian action.
“A number of major Nigerian companies are expected to pledge donations at the launch,” the UN said.
First announced at the Oslo Conference in February 2017, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund became operational in May 2017 and has raised $70 million from 17 donor countries.
Considered an “Investment in Humanity” the Fund, which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on behalf of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, supports life-saving assistance.
By partnering with Nigeria’s private sector, the Fund seeks to raise awareness and support to the humanitarian response from business leaders who play an important role in the lives of Nigerians.
This initiative would see companies in Nigeria support the Fund and join other donor countries that have donated to the Fund.
A U.S.-based Nigerian medical doctor, Dr Iwuozo Obilo, has called on the Nigerian government at all levels to make the healthcare of Nigerians a major priority.
Obilo told the Nigeria News Agency at the ‘2018 Faces of Hope Gala’ to seek support for the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation (NHF) in Newark, New Jersey.
He warned Nigerian public officials against neglecting the health institutions in the country, saying they or their relatives could fall victim when there are epidemics.
“Nigerian Government officials should not think that because many of them come here – U.S. – to get benefits or benefits for their children, they are safe during epidemics.
“Remember that only one child who has infection can infect the whole nation.
“This is because infection does not discriminate. It doesn’t know whether you are rich or poor.
“So it is our duty to pay attention to the healthcare needs of our country and the needs of our people,” he said.
He said NHF, which comprised of medical and health personnel, carried out an annual two-week medical mission trips to rural parts of Nigeria, where access to basic healthcare is limited.LEFT: DR IWUOZO OBILO, FOUNDER, NIGERIAN HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, A NON-PROFIT THAT CARRIES MEDICAL MISSION TO NIGERIA ANNUALLY EVERY JULY, FLANKED BY SOME NIGERIAN ENVOYS IN THE U.S. AT THE HIS ‘2018 FACES OF HOPE GALA’ AT NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
The philanthropist said he had been to Nigeria on an annual medical mission every July for the 15th year through the NHF.
“We have improvised clinics where we take care of people coming from all over Nigeria seeking for good medical care. We have the clinics in Lagos and Imo State in my village.
“Growing up in Nigeria was very difficult for all of us. I saw Nigerian Civil War, many people in my age group died and many died because of poor healthcare,
“Many suffered kwashiorkor because of malnutrition; many suffered because they had no water. Women were delivering babies at home and losing them.
“So growing up in that environment taught me a lesson; when I came to the U.S., I saw the benefit of contributing to the community.
“Since the environment of Nigeria served me to be able to come to the U.S. and see the goodness in this country, for me to transfer it to Nigeria is easy for me.
“So it is because of my experience growing up that made me to feel it is important to help those who are not privileged to help themselves,” Obilo said.
He said the insurance of every country is how it takes care of its young ones, adding that if we do not have the young ones to take over, then the country is dead.
He said, however, the Nigerian Government, like every other third-world country, had a lot of challenges, pointing out that the task of building better Nigeria required the contributions of everybody.
Obilo said: “So what I’m telling the Nigerian government is to step up even though that’s the duty of all of us; it’s not the duty of one person or government alone.
“But I’m only contributing less than 0.1 per cent of what government can do. I’m encouraging government to step up and realise that healthcare is very important for the survival of our nation”.
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A U.S.-based Nigerian Healthcare Foundation (NHF) has conclluded arrangements to embark on a two-week medical mission trip to rural parts of Nigeria in July.
Dr Iwuozo Obilo, founder of NHF, who disclosed this at the 13th Annual Faces of Hope and Gala Night in Newark, pledged his continued contributions to improving the healthcare of Nigerians in rural communities.
Obilo, who is one of the best paediatricians in New York, carries out a two-week yearly medical mission trips to rural parts of Nigeria, where access to basic healthcare is limited, in conjunction with medical and health personnel partners and volunteers.
He said: “Helping people is something that we cherish but the most important thing is the joy that I have each time I go to Nigeria.
“I thank those of you that have supported and inspired most of us, that doing these things would help our communities; I want to thank the volunteers for the journey.
“You know the sweat, the cry and the pain to serve the people we take care of. The credit is yours, not mine, because without you, the journey would be very difficult.
“I will only stop doing what I’m doing the day I’m dead. But as long as I’m alive, it’s something that I have committed my life to – taking care of those that can’t help themselves”.
L-R: TANKO SULEIMAN; OUTGOING NIGERIAN CONSUL-GENERAL IN NEW YORK; PROF. DR NELSON ALUYA, CHAIRMAN OF THE OCCASION; MS NINI OKEYUCHE, MINISTER AND REPRESENTATIVE OF PROF. TIJJANI BANDE, NIGERIA’S PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN; AND MR UGO UWAOKORO, DEPUTY MAYOR, CITY OF NEWARK, AT THE 2018 ‘FACES OF HOPE GALA’ IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Nigerian envoys and diaspora Nigerians commended Obilo for his contributions to improving the healthcare of Nigerians in rural communities and Nigerians in the diaspora.
Dr Nelson Aluya, a Nigerian Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who was Chair of the event, commended Obilo for making a difference in the lives of the people.
“Every day we wake up is an opportunity to make a difference in somebody’s life. Today’s event is yet an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life somewhere and somehow.
“And these are people you don’t know, have not seen or probably would never see for the rest of your life.
“Often times, we live in the comfort of our homes not understanding the pain and the harrow that people in parts of the world go through,” Aluya said.
Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, commended Obilo for his tireless contributions to Nigeria and support to Nigerians adding, NHF has done so much since 1995.
A CROSS-SECTION OF GUESTS AT THE ‘2018 FACES OF HOPE GALA’ ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIAN HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE IN NIGERIA, AT NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Bande, who was represented by Ms Nini OkeyUche, Minister at the mission, said: “As diplomats, when we see Nigerians doing great things, we talk with joy”.
He said: “When you have special skills like these in medical profession and decide to use them towards the improvement of the less privileged in their homeland, it is really a great thing.
“There are so many people who don’t know where they come from. I hear of African-Americans claiming countries because they are desperate to find their roots.
“But here we have professionals who know where they are from and they are giving back to the society. Dr Obilo, we are so proud of you and what you’re doing”.
SOME GUESTS AT THE ‘2018 FACES OF HOPE GALA’ ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIAN HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE IN NIGERIA, AT NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
The outgoing Nigerian Consul-General in New York, Tanko Suleiman, expressed surprise at the level of Obilo’s philanthropy, particularly, among the Nigerian community in the U.S.
“Dr Obilo is a family doctor and I’ve never seen a doctor like him in my life. If not that I know him very well, I will say he’s an armed robber.
“This is a man that everybody here goes to for treatment. Every Nigerian that I know goes to him for medical treatment and he treats them free without collecting a cent.
“I have come to register our appreciation for the excellent job Dr Obilo is doing in Nigeria and I am telling you that I will write my report to the government.
“I will let them know what you are doing not only in Nigeria but with Nigerians in this country and everywhere,” Suleiman said.
Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark, said “NHF is always eager to support the improvement of healthcare in Nigeria, improving the lives of millions of people of the great nation and growing economic power”.
In his speech read by Nigerian-born Ugo Nwaokoro, Deputy Mayor, International Relations and Diaspora Affairs, Baraka laud Obilo’s collaboration with other Diaspora Africans to improve lives in Africa.
“Their working here among the African diaspora to support the continent shows the unity, commitment and love of the African and African-American people to achieve progress and eliminate poverty in Africa,” he said.
The Distinguished 2018 Honourees at the event were: TalkNaija, Inc. – Community Leadership Award – and Dr Bosah Ebo, a Professor of Communications at Rider University, New Jersey – Champion of Hope Award.
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The UN says it has allocated 11 million dollars (about N4 billion) to help 60,000 internally displaced people in Borno and other humanitarian operations in North-east Nigeria.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said nine billion dollars (about N3.2 billion) would be used to provide life-saving aid for some 60,000 people displaced by ongoing Boko Haram crisis in Borno.
The UN relief agency explained that the money was an allocation from the UN-managed country-based humanitarian assistance fund.
The UN quoted Mr Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, as saying: “The crisis continues to displace thousands of vulnerable women, children and men every week.
“Many have gone through unspeakable hardship and the UN and its partners remain committed to help alleviate their suffering.’’
Set up through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), the assistance includes two million dollars (about N720 million) in support to the UN Humanitarian Air Service for frontline responders in the region.
“This UN fund give us the flexibility to prioritise those who are most in need of aid and act swiftly for the good of the people of north-east Nigeria,” Kallon said.
The UN said the North-east region’s humanitarian crisis, sparked mainly by Boko Haram’s years-long insurgency, remained one of the most severe globally.
“In the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, at least 7.7 million people are in need this year, with about 80 per cent, or 6.1 million, targeted for humanitarian assistance.
“The nine million dollars allocation will help fund 15 projects supporting humanitarian rapid response in areas affected by large-scale conflict-related displacements, particularly in the northern parts of Borno, along the Maiduguri-Monguno axis.
“In just three months, the close to 30,000 people who have fled violence in hard-to-reach areas are in dire need of food, water, shelter, clothes and medical services.
“Additionally, the funds will help scale up the response near the border with Cameroon in eastern Borno – Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Kala-Balge, Monguno, Askira/Uba – and northern Adamawa – Madagali – where approximately another 30,000 have arrived following military operations.
“Finally, the funds will also help maintain UN Humanitarian Air Service operations, crucial to reach and deliver aid in remote areas of the North-east, especially where roads are unusable,” the UN said.
It explained that under the leadership of Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the NHF is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
This is to provide flexible and timely funds for basic life-saving support, the UN said, adding to date it has raised 48 million dollars (over N17 billion) in contributions and pledges.
The NHF is one of 18 country-based pooled funds and was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February 2017.
The contributions and pledges were realised through the generous support of Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka.
Of that 48 million dollars, 33 million dollars (about N12 billion), including this latest N3.2 billion allocation – has now been allocated to various organisations in support of the humanitarian response in North-east Nigeria.
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New York, Aug. 1, 2017 The UN has set up a new fund, Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), primarily to tackle the crisis-hit Northeast Nigeria caused by the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The UN said the fund has also allocated more than 10.5 million dollars to help thousands of women, children and men in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance.
“The fund plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritized and principled humanitarian response, providing funding to international and national NGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent societies, with a focus on front-line responders.
“To date the NHF has received $25 million in contributions and pledges, thanks to the generous support of Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Azerbaijan, Malta and Sri Lanka.”
“Another allocation is expected in the coming months,” the UN said.
The UN said the 10.5 million dollars allocation by the new fund – NHF – would prioritize life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable, and also expand the humanitarian assistance provided by the UN and partners to the hard-to-reach and newly accessible areas.
“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today.
“There are 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the three worst-affected Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe alone.
“Of them, 6.9 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance,” the UN said.
The statement quoted Edward Kallon, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, as saying the fund will address key humanitarian challenges in the northeast.
Kallon said: “This crisis has caused an untold loss of life and liberty across the north-east of Nigeria and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.
“These funds will go towards addressing some of the key priority areas in the humanitarian response that have not yet been financially supported, including the provision of safe drinking water, emergency shelter and health services to those in need”.
Specifically, the 10.5 million dollars will fund about 15 different projects which were selected by the various sectors of the humanitarian response and approved by the NHF Advisory Board.
The projects target and address the needs of the most vulnerable people in locations where access is sporadic and where flooding, disease outbreaks and new displacements continue to take place.
Such places are Monguno, Mafa,Pulka and Rann in Borno and Michika in Adamawa.
The funds will also support efforts to enhance the protection of civilians in vulnerable communities and those trapped in conflict areas.
“The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund contributes to the overall international humanitarian appeal for Nigeria
this year for 1.05 billion dollars as detailed in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan.
“It is the fourth largest single-country appeal globally. To date, the appeal is 43 per cent funded.
“The NHF is one of 18 country-based pooled funds and was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February 2017”, UN said.
The new Nigeria fund is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on behalf of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria.
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was one of the awardees at the event.
He recognised the contributions of the founder of NHF, Dr Iwuozo Obilo for extending goodwill to the less-privileged and Dr Oluyemi Badero and Dr Otu Ovadje for their remarkable contributions.
Badero is a specialist in internal and cardiovascular medicine, invasive and interventional cardiology, nephrology and hypertension, interventional nephrology and endovascular medicine, nuclear cardiology as well as peripheral vascular interventions.
Similarly, Ovadje, a retired Brigadier-General, is a renowned medical doctor who invented the Emergency Auto Transfusion System (EAT-SET), an affordable, simpler and effective blood auto-transfusion system.
“I saw and I met Dr Badero around here; my heart is beating today because we have that cardiologist around.
“And we have several of you who actually are in medicine who are contributing in no small way to healthcare in the world and particularly in Nigeria.
“I thank Dr Ovadje for the useful and very indigenous contributions that you have made to healthcare, not only in Nigeria but in the world.
“This kind of opportunity actually gives me the kind of situation where I can speak and talk on medicine in Nigeria,” he said.
The UNFPA chief commended the foundation, saying it was the kind of vision everybody should support.
“More importantly is that we are talking healthcare in Nigeria and we are talking about what are the things we can do, which of course, the foundation is doing.
“And then we are raising resources to give hope to others. It is good and I totally accept that we cannot just wait until everything gets better.
Prof. Grange, Nigeria’s first female minister of health, also during late President Yar’Adua’s tenure, in her remarks said she was so inspired by what had been done by Obilo.
“There are so many people who are in hopeless situations, that they don’t have money, and have been deprived of even hope of getting anywhere.
“Thank you very much indeed for this kind of programme, which as we know, gives hope. Thank you for thinking about them, for using the latest technology to reach them.
“Technology is the networking, which you have set up among doctors, nurses and students, and I believe that you are on to a very great thing,” she said.
Ovadje, in his remarks, said the primary healthcare system introduced by late Prof. Beko Ransome-Kuti remained the best for the country, and commended Diaspora Nigerians for their contributions to healthcare.
“The very basis of care not only rest in its communities, it rests in providing primary healthcare,” Ovadje said.
Earlier, the representative of the Consulate-General of Nigeria, Mrs Kate Igbodike said the consulate was pleased with the foundation.
According to her, the consulate is always abreast of the foundation team’s annual philanthropic travels to Nigeria to render help to the less-privileged.
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Two former Nigeria’s Ministers of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin and Mrs Adenike Grange, have advised Nigeria on ways to overcome its current healthcare challenges.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Osotimehin and Grange spoke at an award dinner organised by the Nigeria Health Foundation (NHF) in Newark on Saturday night.
They said that Nigeria was blessed with human and material resources to provide quality health care to all citizens through the states and local councils.
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“With regards to health, one of the major structural defects which we have not addressed, is the fact that healthcare belongs to communities; it does not belong to a government.
“Government of course would bring resources to make sure it works, but it belongs to communities. As Minister of Health, that was something that I observed clearly.
“If you want healthcare to work well, then you must empower the states and local governments in Nigeria to deliver care to their people.
“There’s no care that can be addressed, envisioned or directed from Abuja because it just would not work.”
He gave statistics of the resources of the ministry during his tenure as minister and the responsibilities it had, which prevented it from making much impact at the grassroots.
“The Federal Ministry of Health is a Class ‘A’ Ministry and so they give us resources; it is one of the biggest Ministries in the Federal Government.
“They give us resources to be able to do those things which you are supposed to do; but 85 per cent of the money we get in the Ministry of Health goes to running Teaching Hospitals.
“Teaching Hospitals are not there to serve the common man, and at a time there were about 52 of them,’’ the former minister explained.
Grange, in her speech, explained that she created a Desk for doctors and nurses in Diaspora so as to harness their potential for the development of the country’s healthcare.
The former minister advised the ministry to utilise the desk for the benefit of Nigeria’s health sector.
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“When I was Minister of Health, I decided that we needed to have Desks for the diaspora doctors and nurses, and the desk is still there.
“The whole idea was that those doctors and nurses who are in Diaspora have so much energy, so much knowledge; and you want them to get home and help out.
”This your vision is something that will go far.’’
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A U.S.-based Nigerian Health Foundation (NHF) has scheduled its annual healthcare and education outreach to Nigeria for July.
The founder, Dr Iwuozo Obilo, told the Nigeria News Agency in Newark that the outreach would reach no fewer than 1,000 people.
“Every year, I call my friends and well-wishers to help me go to Nigeria and take care of the under-privileged.
“It is a vision and something that I have passion to do, and with the community and their help, I am able to render a lot of care to people in Nigeria.
“Taking care of old people, young people, pregnant women, everybody, because I go with a lot of medical professionals from here (U.S.) and we go there (Nigeria) and do the services.
“It is not only me; I get help from a lot of people, nurses and doctors, every year, majority of them Americans.
“At least in each visit, we see close to a thousand people each visit for the past 14 years, and we have saved a lot of lives, in Lagos and Imo States.
“We see a lot from high blood pressure, diabetes, psychiatric problems, HIV, malaria, typhoid, everything.”
Obilo, a pediatrician, said he was motivated to give back to his country and also to contribute his quota in alleviating the sufferings of the less-privileged.
He said that the foundation was also complementing the Federal and States Government effort towards reaching the people with quality health care.
Obilo said that the overwhelming reception of the beneficiaries and the relief brought by the foundation continue to inspire him to do more to the country he belong.
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A Nigerian medical doctor based in the U.S., Dr Iwuozo Obilo, says every Nigerian has a part to play in finding solutions to the challenges confronting the country.
Obilo, in an interview with the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in Newark (U.S.), said he was intervening in the healthcare system through the Nigeria Health Foundation (NHF).
Since its inception, the foundation has worked towards ameliorating the health condition in rural Nigeria through annual healthcare outreach to Nigeria, he said.
The U.S based foundation has also provided access to healthcare, education, and proper hygiene through its outreach to Nigeria since the past 14 years, according to him.
“The solution takes all of us; it takes a village to raise a child, it’s all of us, when we all put our minds together.
“If we continue waiting for somebody else, then it won’t work. Let everybody do what he or she can do; do the little.
“The little you can do to alleviate or to help somebody, do it; that’s my vision.
“I’m not going to cure the whole world but the little I’m doing is important and it touches lives.
“And if everybody will do his or her little bit, we can make the Nigeria and Nigerians lives better,” he said.
He described the condition of healthcare and other infrastructure in the country as deplorable, saying it was taking negative toll on the citizens.
“In my family right now, there are two people waiting to be buried. My niece was giving birth to a baby and died. My in-law died of diabetes.
“I get calls every week somebody is being buried; it’s something that we cannot continue to look away from,” he said.
The philanthropist said “our goal is to drastically improve not only the health conditions in Nigeria but also the state of social welfare”.
“On our two-week missions, we estimate receiving visits from nearly 400 patients a day.
“About 95 per cent are individuals from remote areas who would never have otherwise received medical attention because it is either inaccessible or costly,” Obilo said.
Edited by: Akin Makanjuola/Abdullahi Yusuf