Bill Gates, in an interview with the CNN again on Monday criticised the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
Gate said, “While it may be easier to be polite, it’s more important to face facts so that you can make progress,”
He wanted to speak 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,”.
“I really think that of all the countries I have seen, it really hangs in the balance. If they can get health and education right, they can be an engine of growth, not just for themselves but for all of Africa,”
Gates feels, along with many others, that it is time for Nigeria’s government to do better. The continent’s largest economy is moving out of a recession caused by a tanking oil price and moving towards a closely watched presidential election in 2019. CNN report.
“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.
Th Microsoft founder said, Few businesses pay their taxes and all these factors have hindered Nigeria from meeting its true potential.