Saving one million lives: NLC calls for accountability

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress has lauded the Federal Government’s initiative on Saving One Million Lives Performance for Result in the health sector.

The President of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC),Comrade, Ayuba Wabba, who was represented by Mrs Maureen Onyia, made the commendation during the operationalization meeting of the Save One Million Lives Programme organized for the Commissioners of Health of Benue, FCT, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa,Niger and Plateau States in Abuja.

The President of NLC has cautioned the state government against diversion of funds to other purposes. He said that the NLC would set up a Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of the SOML P for R Programme.

Mr Wabba further said that it would not be business as usual, because the NLC would keep the state governments on their toes towards utilization of the grants.

He pledged the support of the Nigeria Labour Congress for Saving One Million Lives P for R Programme because it is people oriented.

In his address, the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the essence of the meeting was to foster cooperation between the state and federal government in order to be on the same page with the view of charting the way forward.

The Minister also said that it was a World Bank loan for Federal Government but a grant to the State adding that there was need for them to use the grant judiciously.
He said “the concept is not new; what is entirely new is the fact that the scope has expanded and it has been considered as strategy to deliver the health sector.‘’
“I hope we can tell the world that we can do it and we can be trusted, improve maternal and child health, child nutrition, treat malaria, particularly  at the primary healthcare level, at the grassroots or local government,’’ he stressed.

Professor Adewole further said what is paramount to the country now is to move Nigeria forward, eliminate those things that have been eliminated in other part of the world including some African countries.

The World Bank Country Director in Nigeria, Rachid Benmessaoud, who was represented by Dr. Benjamin, also noted that the SOML P for R Programme was result driven and measured.

He said that the grant would provide economy growth for the states, as well as go a long way to make the states independent.