- President Bola Tinubu has appointed Abdu Mukhtar as the National Coordinator of the Presidential ‘Unlocking Healthcare Value-Chain’ Initiative
- The move was to strategically open the door for billions of dollars in investments in the country's healthcare delivery system
- Ajuri Ngelale, the spokesperson to the president, announced the appointment of Mukhtar in a statement on Tuesday
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According to The Nation, the appointment was strategic and sought to unlock new investments worth billions of dollars in Nigeria's healthcare delivery system through cross-ministerial and time-bound collaboration.
The statement further said the collaboration is aimed at restructuring the ecosystem of Health Product manufacturing, Health Logistics services, Health Technology services, Health Retail services (e-Commerce), Health Provider facilitation, and Health Payor reform (Third Party Administrators and insurers).
Ngelale announces President Tinubu's new appointment
It further explained what the new office will focus on:
"Achieving a measurable increase in the domestic manufacturing of generic pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biologics, and devices.
“Reduction of outbound medical tourism by enhancing service quality in Nigeria while catalyzing alternative health ecosystems in-country.
“Measurable increase in quantity of quality jobs across the value chain through enhanced FDI and local capital mobilization.”
The appointment would be the latest of its kind that the president would make in his effort to achieve the renewed hope agenda of his administration since he took over from his predecessor, former President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.
Tinubu to answer questions on missing $15bn, N200m in court
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Tinubu has been dragged to court by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) over the alleged missing of over $15 billion in oil revenues and N200 billion budgeted for refinery repairs.
The accountability group said the missing monies were reported to have been budgeted and could not be accounted for between 2020 and 2021.
It was learnt that the 2021 report of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative disclosed the allegation.