The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has advocated compulsory health insurance scheme for citizens to enable all to access quality and affordable health care services. He advocated this at the “Civic Innovation Lab: Launch-pad for social innovators’’ in Abuja.
Osinbajo noted that the present National Health Insurance Scheme although useful, was unable to pull resources together to cater for the health needs of others not yet enrolled.
He said that government was investing in education and health care and had supported states with N1.91 trillion. He, however, added that while such sector funding lay in the states, only a functional and all-embracing national health insurance scheme could provide adequate health care for citizens.
The Vice President also advocated that undergraduates should be exposed to internships in government administration to enable them to acquire the experience for future leadership roles. He also said it was difficult to find role models in governance, but said there was the need for the nation to agree on a set of values which could direct the course of governance.
He said that one thing the nation needed to get right was integrity as with integrity more than 50 per cent of the nation’s problems would have gone. According to him, the nation is endowed with enormous resources and creativity which could be harnessed for the country’s good with leadership that had integrity.
The Vice President noted that people went into politics with the notion to use it to make money by stealing, adding that by and large such objective affected everything, including political judgment. He stated that most of the problems in the country centered on corruption due to lack of integrity and called for change of attitude.
“If 70 per cent of our resources went into where they were supposed we would not be where we are today,’’ he stated adding that no society could survive on the greed and theft of others.
He said “integrity pays and is the only thing that works for progress’’.
He also stated that those who could be trusted were more easily open to having business deals with others, adding that integrity was a business issue rather than a moral issue.
“I think that many people understands that Nigerians are one of the most creative people in the world; many people know that we have one of the best minds, but people are worried when it comes to integrity issues ,’’ he said.
Osinbajo stated that the most difficult lesson he learnt since becoming the Vice President was that it was difficult to get things done in our environment. “I think there is a huge gap in a stated objective and getting it done’’ and the reason for that is because we are not paid on timelines, efficiency or productivity in a positive sense.