The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has warned that if Nigeria does not pursue investments in education, nutrition, health and security, the insecurity situation in the country will get worse.
The Governor, representing the North West zone at the Human Capital Development Council meeting, complained about the high rate of out-of-school children and poverty in the region, at a validation meeting for Nigeria’s Human Capital Development (HCD) Communications action plan at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja on Tuesday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
What El-Rufai said
El-Rufai said the human capital indices in the region had been worsened by banditry and other crimes.
“The bandits we arrest have never gone to school; they have no notion of religion; either Christianity or Islam and they have no hope.
“If we don’t invest in education, healthcare, nutrition and security, our situation will just get worse.
“This is why I must pay compliments to the vice president for being at the lead in getting the political attention needed to address this challenge.
“It is all about political will, ladies and gentlemen; we have spoken here; there is a clear strategy; we all talk about implementation,” he said.
He queried why the country can still be backward if all stakeholders agree that Human Capital Development (HCD) is actually so important.
“Why are state governments not budgeting at least 25 per cent, 26 per cent for education and 15 per cent for healthcare as recommended by UN agencies,” he asked.
He urged for all political leaders to realise the imperative of taking critical decisions in the core areas so that there could be more progress.
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