A member of the National Assembly and Senator representing Kogi West, Sen. Dino Melaye has described the Nigerian health system as moribund, collapsed and in a calamitous situation.
Melaye said the health sector, like every other sector in Nigeria has collapsed because the leadership of the country has failed woefully in its responsibility of building institutions that are enduring.
He rather bemianed that the politicians and leaders have only succeeded in building individuals who are corrupt, selfless and insensitive to the plight of the common people.
Melaye stated this on Friday in Abuja as the guest speaker at a fund raising programme organized by Global Initiative for Peace Love & Care GIPLC in support of Ali Ahmadu Chibok, a six years old boy who was rendered invalid three year ago by Boko Haram terrorists that over his spine with motorcycle during one of their raids a day after the abduction of the Chibok school girls.
The then three years old Ali who has since been bedridden and been denied access to education, amongst other things and fundamentally, he has not been able to walk properly or move without aid need a sum of 70,000 US Dollars for spiral realignment operation abroad.
Melaye who took a swipe on government at all levels, most especially the federal government for failing in their responsibilities of providing basic social amenities for the citizenry urged the federal government to have a holistic look at her social welfare programmes in the areas of health and education especially to find solutions to myriad of problems facing the country.
He said Nigerian politicians including himself have failed in providing basic infrastructure for the country because of greed, selfish interest and lack of conscience. “In Nigeria today, we are not practising democracy but ‘greediocracy’, which is a government of the greed, for the greed and by the greed.
Senator Melaye who promised to rally the support of his colleagues at the National Assembly to support the fund for the health rehabilitation of the boy as well as socio-economic rehabilitation of his parents promised a personal donation of a million naira.
Apart from the senator, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Omax Eshareturi promised a donation of 5,000 US Dollars, while Mrs. Alison Allanso on behalf of her NGO, Hands of Help for The Niger Delta, and Mrs. Maya Opuama also promised to assist GIPLC in taking care of Ali medical bill.
He lamented that many people in the country today are not pathetic and concern about the plight of several millions wallowing in abject poverty or suffering from one ailment or the other, stressing that if people have been compassionate enough, Ali wouldn’t have been in such critical position for three years without remedy from government, institutions and rich individuals.
Executive Director of GIPLC, Nuhu Fulani Kwajafar appreciated every person that have made the activities of the organisation in the past 11 years possible in touching the number of lives it was able to touch in diverse areas of humanity.
He said the organisation would leave no stone unturned until Ali is physically fit and return to school, while he further called for the support of other notable Nigerians, corporate bodies and government agencies to support GIPLC in achieving its set goals of touching more lives by reaching out to them.
GIPLC, he said has raised over 5 million Dollars to help devastated persons across and outside Nigeria, citing the example of a recent intervention programme in Southern Sudan where the organisation donated food items and drugs worth over N18 million.
The Global Initiative for Peace Love & Care [GIPLC], is a non-governmental, non-faith based, non-partisan, not for profit organisation, based in Nigeria, with headquarters in Abuja. In the past 11 years, the organisation has worked relentlessly to improve and expand access to health care, education, water & environmental sanitation and protection, for extremely vulnerable children, especially those of single digit age (0-9years)