BudgIT has asked governments at all levels to invest in the people of Nigeria as this is the only guarantee to a safe and sustainable country.
At an event tagged: â€˜Investing in the People of Nigeria,â€™ different young speakers harped the need to invest in health, education and other sectors that equalise opportunities for more Nigerians.
The conversation was held in the context of the presentation by worldâ€™s biggest philanthropist, Bill Gates, to the expanded session of the National Economic Council.
Participants watched the entire presentation and provided immense feedback on the need for governments to prioritise the welfare of the people.
Notable speakers at the event include Mr Oluseun Onigbinde, Bisi Ogunwale, Cheta Nwanze, Adebola Williams, Dr Ify Aniebo and Fati Abubakar. According to the keynote speaker, Adebola Williams, â€œit is up to us to make the human capital investment a sustainable cornerstone of our growthâ€. Bisi Ogunwale, an experienced impact investor, lamented on the decay in the education due to weak investments in education. According to him, â€œabout 1.5million people write JAMB ever year, while only around 30 per cent of that find their way into the tertiary institutions.â€
Fati Abubakar, a frontline photographer, lamented that poor investments in the young people of the North-east created the current nine-year insurgency that has claimed lives and ruined every sector. According to her, â€œradicalisation started because we did not invest in our people; it followed from idleness and lack of role modelsâ€.
Ify Aniebo, an Oxford-trained scientist, stated that investing in healthcare in Nigeria must also include investing in the health professionals, training and research.
BudgIT intends to expand the conversation to other cities in Nigeria, curating feedback for the Nigerian government.
This is to strengthen the political will and the long-term thinking that ensures that Nigeria invests as its expanding young population.
According to Cheta Nwanze, an intelligence expert, â€œWe need to up our productivity however we can to be able to invest in education to meet our expanding population; do we have the political will?â€
The event which was beamed live by Channels Television had many young Nigerian citizens engaging on the urgency to harness the expanding population of the country, build a nation that values talent and invest in the social infrastructure of its people.