Make NIPSS researches available to states, Okowa urges FG
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on the Federal Government to make available to states reports and researches of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) especially those that revolve around governance for implementation in the overall interest of the citizenry and the country at large.
Receiving the Director-General of the Kuru, Plateau State-based organisation, Jonathan Juma, and his team yesterday at Government House, Asaba, the governor noted: “The NIPSS over the years has changed the narrative of governance of this country, including the state and local governments through its numerous researches and studies. It is good to hear that a lot of studies still take place in our nation and both the state and local governments will benefit and utilise the reports if the Federal Government can make them available.”
During the visit of members of the Executive Course 41 of the institute who came to intimate him of the theme of their study that centred on funding universal healthcare in Nigeria, Okowa observed that for the scheme to succeed, there must be adequate manpower, training and proper funding of the primary healthcare sector.
He stated that medical tourism could only be contained when the primary healthcare sector becomes effective, leading to a functional tertiary health sector that effectively takes care of the wellness needs of the people.
The governor therefore urged the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004 to increase access, regretting that the country still boasts of 12 per cent health insurance coverage 15 years after the signing into law of the Act.
Lauding the visitors, he said: “I know that the inputs of the participants, who are from diverse backgrounds, would enrich reports of the NIPSS and they would be very beneficial to states where the studies took place.”
Leader of the delegation, Juma, had lauded the governor for his contributions to national development, adding that they were on a study tour of the state.