On Monday, President Bola Tinubu made a commitment to redirect savings from the discontinued petrol subsidy towards increasing budgetary allocations for healthcare and education. He emphasized that bolstering these vital sectors would contribute to industrialization and align with his vision for a robust and prosperous nation.
During the second-term inauguration ceremony of Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma in Owerri, Tinubu assured the audience of substantial developments in education, prioritizing industrialization, and a boost in healthcare allocations. He expressed intentions to train more health workers.
The President’s pledge, as communicated by Special Adviser Ajuri Ngelale, follows his call to Nigerian health workers abroad to return and serve their country. Tinubu promised significant investments and increased funds in the 2024 budget for the health sector during the unveiling of Nigeria’s Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative on December 12, 2023.
Tinubu acknowledged the challenges faced during essential reforms, asserting that the past misuse of commonwealth as subsidy was wasteful. Despite the current shared pain, he assured Nigerians of improvement and hope for a better future.
Commending Governor Uzodinma for his stewardship, Tinubu highlighted the positive transformation in Imo State’s safety and business environment. He emphasized the importance of unity, cooperation, and internal security for national progress.
In response, Governor Uzodinma pledged an uncommon tenure focusing on policies for accelerated economic growth and development. He outlined achievements in addressing civil service and education sector decay, unemployment, and plans for massive infrastructural expansion over the next four years, aligned with a 10-year development vision for self-sufficiency in the state.