Social Commentator and Political analyst, Ademola Adigun has said the answer to lifting Nigerians out of poverty is not farming, lifting the standards, quality and access to education and health.
He also said Nigeria needs a digital leadership not dinosaurs.
He said this in a post shared on his Facebook page.
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been urging Nigerians across the country to be involve more in farming.
But Adigun said farming an anecdote to poverty is a lazy thinking.
His post read…
A friend told me that most of us are one illness away from poverty. A worrying fact.
If your kidneys pack up in Nigeria, you will spend an average of 300k monthly to stay alive or more.
If you have a debilitating stroke, asides the loss of income, your rehabilitation might gulp 500k monthly.
Now it might not be you, might be your loved one. Most health insurance service providers do not cover these illnesses
How many earn 500k monthly from business or salaries? Less than 3% of the population according to CBN.
Yet, the NASS and the First Lady are fixated on social media regulation. They do not see an emergency intervention in health and education as important.
Despite all his private visits to London, the President is yet to direct an intervention in upgrading one tertiary teaching hospital in each of the 6 zones. Nor have we made efforts to retain health workers!
When you want to lift people out of poverty, the answer is not farming. The answer is lifting the standards, quality and access to education and health. Both formal and technical education.
Integrating traditional and orthodox medicine into a system that allows standardisation and improved service delivery.
Farming is not an antidote to poverty. It has never been. It’s lazy thinking. That bull on food sufficiency is also rubbish.
Our youths need to be able to tap into creativity. Lagos is not driven by farming. The youth here doing a fantastic job in wealth creation. Imagine a Lagos in all the zones?!
We need digital leadership not dinosaurs!