Bill Gates Continues in his scathing criticism of Nigeria’s Govt in new interview


Microsoft Founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates on Monday continued in his criticism of the economic policies of the Muhammadu Buhari led government.
In an exclusive chat with the CNN, Bill Gates insists the Federal Government investment in education and health was not good enough.
Gates said he spoke out to implore Nigerian politicians to focus on human capital and its large youth population.
“The current quality and quantity of investment in this young generation in health and education just isn’t good enough. So, I was very direct,” he told CNN.
The former world richest man told a room filled with Nigeria’s leadership, including the President that “While it may be easier to be polite, it’s more important to face facts so that you can make progress.”
He added: “Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth, with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. One in three Nigerian children is chronically malnourished.
“In upper middle-income countries, the average life expectancy is 75 years. In lower middle-income countries, it’s 68; in low-income countries, it’s 62. In Nigeria, it is lower still, just 53 years.
“The Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies investing in the people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritising physical capital over human capital. People without roads, ports and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”


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