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Lagos State – continues to set the pace

Sometimes..out of the quagmire of the Nigerian political space….a leader emerges that is head and shoulders above his peers.

When he shes does, we really do not care if that person is Igbo, Yoruba, or Hausa. We do not care if he/she is from the east, west, north or south. We do not care if he she is Christain or Muslim.

This is why almost all Nigerians in my generation will continue to celebrate Nasir El Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Oby Ezekwesili. We saw ourselves in them.

If a leader emerges that provides security to Nigerians, peace in the Niger Delta and Electricity across the country…most of us will honestly not care that the Minister of Finance, Minister of National Planning, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria are all from Kano. We will not care less!

So today…Ill celebrate with you the one Nigerian leader putting the rest to shame. Showing that you do not need years to plan. A leader that has shown that being a SAN does not make you any less sensitive to the needs of the guy hawking at Ojuelegba. Managing the city fastest growing city in Sub Saharan Africa and making it work. We have blogged on it before and we will continue to….

It is slow….but it is happening in our life time. LAGOS is beginning to work again, thanks to inspirational leadership of Raji Fashola

Read the following developments in the health sector:

1. Daily Trust: No fewer than 11,000 people resident in five local government areas of Lagos State have benefited from the free ambulance boat services, designed to improve health care services in rural areas…

2. Vanguard: Newly procured Field Hospital into the Lagos State Eko Free Health Mission is yielding fruits for less privileged Nigerians…

3. BusinessDay: Lagos – Battle against fake drugs

4. Vanguard: Lagos to establish immunisation posts for children

Now to really understand the contrast in governance in Nigeria read this article in Leadership; one of our favourite Governors – Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, a former Aviation Minister, former Managing Director of Inland Bank and brother in-law to our President. He has concluded that the best way to address the health sector’s challenges in his state is to import doctors from Egypt!

I rest my case!

Eko O ni Baje!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

By Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

4 replies on “Lagos State – continues to set the pace”

I am glad I was denied access to the This day interview with oga Yuguda. It probably would have simply infuriated me. Doctors from Egypt? God will deliver us.

Anyway, my real comment was to say how much I agree with you wrt good leaders and the inconsequentiality of their ‘tribe’. If we have someone who will change NGR for better, for all people of the country, no one would care a damn about where they are from. Things will change, it’ll start with one people and spread. I pray Fashola stays on tho’.

Just like the earlier candidate who commented, i was denied online access to the news.
I’ll like to say that this is just another ploy by politicians to siphon funds from their states. There are doctors in Nigeria who with the right benefit package will not hesitate to relocate to Bauchi.
He is obviously following in the footsteps of Boni Haruna who during his tenure as Governor of Adamawa, imported doctors from China who could neither speak pidgin English (the most basic in Nigeria) nor Hausa (most spoken language in the area). They were lodged in a hotel for months where they were being coached on tropical diseases, English language and probably “money laundering”. They wrote the certification exams to practice in Nigeria at the end but failed woefully. Yet, the youth corp doctors in the state were not paid their remunerations for months.
It’s sad the way our politicians reason.

The Yobe state Governemnt has also done the same…… importing Drs from Egypt. This is happening when there are over two hundred CHEWs and 150 Nurses trained by the state health training institutions (Schools of Nursing and Health Technology) unemployed. Do Egyptian Drs work in the rural areas??????? Pls ask the Yugudas of this world.

In 2007, Professor Adenike Grange, said “Nigeria ranks second in the world for the worst health indices, a situation that has sharpened its need to address some of the issues impeding access to quality health services, such as infrastructure, unfair distribution of resources and high cost of poor services.” She was not thinking. Health care and services does not need to cost the earth, it is in simple solutions that success in guaranteed. Just the same way our Millennium Development Goals are pie in the sky since benefits will not come in building mega hospitals. There seemed to be a lot of activity in Lagos but how high is high in Nigeria?

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