Diver­si­fi­ca­tion re­sults will soon man­i­fest – Dog­ara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, has said re­sults of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts at di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy would soon yield re­sults.

Speak­ing when he re­ceived the Africa Re­gional Direc­tor of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), Dr Mat­sidiso Re­becca Moeti, in Abuja yes­ter­day, Dog­ara said based on the re­cent en­gage­ments the House had with some min­is­ters, the diver­si­fi­ca­tion ef­forts had gone far.

“Ob­vi­ously when that ef­fort be­gins to yield re­sults, there will be funds that we can set aside for the health sec­tor. And we hope that in a no dis­tant time that will be the out­come of on­go­ing ef­forts by all the arms of gov­ern­ment es­pe­cially the ex­ec­u­tive and the leg­is­la­ture.

“So if that one hap­pens, we will be able to raise the bud­get but for now we have to make do with what is avail­able”, he said.

Dog­ara also said the House was ready to con­sider a bill to sup­port funds for health emer­gen­cies such as Ebola. Ear­lier, Dr Moeti ex­pressed de­light that the cur­rent gov­ern­ment was giv­ing pri­or­ity to health to en­sure so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and as­sured that WHO would pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port to the coun­try’s agenda of health de­vel­op­ment in uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age and some pri­or­ity projects of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

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