Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, has once again maintained that more than half the population of Nigeria will have access to free medical services as he promised to place health one of his top five priorities if given the mandate in 2023.
Obi relayed this message at the 2022 Success Conference held in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, saying that he has mapped out plans for the Integrated Health Insurance Scheme meant to cater for deficient Nigerians.
The former governor of Anambra stated that his government will pay attention to health system in the country, adding that health is wealth.
According to him, a healthy nation is a growing nation.
“My leadership will pay serious attention to the health system by ensuring that at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical services through an integrated health insurance scheme.
Continuing, Obi stressed that not only youths will be beneficiaries of his purposeful leadership but also older Nigerians because he’s willing to run an all-inclusive government.
“If elected the next president of Nigeria, youths would be the main proponents of my main agenda to transform Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. The two main components of this agenda are human capital development and finance.
“The overall task of our leadership in 2023 is to streamline governance and ensure that it is responsive, transformative, and effective.
“We will demonstrate that good governance is all about providing the needed services to the people.”
“Under my Leadership, the Federal Government will prioritise the ability of our educational system to produce the necessary skilled labour force that coincides with the 21st-century labour market demand, alongside providing entrepreneurial education at all levels.”
Reacting on sustaining the economy with the little country’s resources, Obi maintained that he intends to create a professionally managed SME Equity Fund within the first year of office to promote the development of at least one value-added industry that will utilize the local raw material supply, be it agricultural or mineral, in every local government in the country.
Obi appealed to concerned authorities to ensure that the 2023 election should be based on competence, capacity to do the right.
He added that the election should not be centred on ethnicity/tribe and religion since the high cost of living and insecurity and every other problems confronting the nation do not discriminate against religion or ethnicity.
According to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), next year’s election will start with the presidential and National Assemble election holding on the 25th of February 2023, while governorship and State Assembly election holds on the 11th of March 2023.