- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former minister of finance, shared her experience visiting the largest slum in Africa called Kibera
- The former minister cited the search for a job and a better life, poor housing, and poverty as some of the reasons for settlement in the informer community
- Okonjo-Iweala stressed the need for data as a solution to increase accessibility to vaccines in poor areas
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of finance, recently visited the largest slum in Africa called Kibera. During her visit, she said she was humbled by the resilience of people living in the settlement.
According to her, most of the people who stay in the slum were those who migrated from rural areas in search of jobs and a better life.
In a part of her post on facebook, she tied the slum to one of the challenges that inadequate housing, overpopulation, and poverty create, adding that they also bring about serious health challenges.
Okonjo-Iweala also appreciated health workers whose commitment has been providing basic health services to the people of the informal settlement.
Nigeria’s former minister also said that for health service like immunization to be maximally effected for the poor, there has to be a proper use of data to tackle the issue of vaccine accessibility.
“A crucial step in meeting the immunisation needs of the urban poor is to use data to uncover obstacles to vaccine access.
"This will help to map the reality on the ground and clearly identify inequities. Knowing where our efforts are best spent brings us closer to ensuring that everyone – no matter where they live - is healthy and thriving,” she said.
Meanwhile Legit.ng earlier reported that the former minister said she would contest for the post of World Bank’s president once again.
Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this in an interview with Richard Quest on CNN on Thursday, January 24.
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In the interview, she said if she was nominated for the job at World Bank and she is up to it, she would do it.
She said: "I know that, because I contested the last time in 2012, and many people were asking that question. It is a shareholder’s decision and they have to decide how they want it. Someone has to nominate.
“If the right person were to nominate, and if the circumstances are right and people feel I can do the job, yes!”
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