Business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has called for the realisation of a healthy Nigerian society to enable the country advance forward as a developed sovereign nation.
Dangote, who spoke weekend at the Summit of the Private Sector Health Alliance while inaugurating the Nigeria Health Innovation Market (NHIM) steering committee, called for viable partnerships between the private sector and the federal government to enable the country attain targets of the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs).
“There is no way we can progress without a healthy society even when you look at it from the business point of view. Having a very healthy society is very important and key for us to be able to move the country forward.
“I can see no reason why we cannot meet the targets of the MDGs, so the private sector must team up and partner government so that we can deliver on our MDGs,” a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
Admonishing the private sector, Dangote noted: “It is really very important for the private sector to continue collaborating with the federal government. I see no reason why we sit down comfortably in our air-conditioned offices and aesthetic homes while we are losing about 800 lives annually. It is unacceptable.
“The rule of justice will catch up with us if we fail to act. Let’s stop too much talking and begin to deliver. No matter what is the innovation, unless there is commitment, we will not be able todeliver.”
Dangote called for seriousness on the part of government, saying it has to be ready and willing to get support so that the deliveries can be obtained.
In her keynote address, Minister for Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said what Nigeria required to meet her health related MDGs was significant.