NIPSS graduates executives who produced report on Nigeria’s Universal Health Coverage (LIVE UPDATES)

Guest arriving the venue
Guest arriving the venue

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) will today hold a graduation programme for the participants of its 2019 Senior Executive Course 41 in Kuru, Plateau State.

The 66 graduates were drawn from different professional backgrounds across the country.

Expected to grace the occasion is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Wendel De Landro, who will deliver the annual lecture.

NIPPS is Nigeria’s foremost policy formation centre for bureaucrats, private sector leaders, army officers, medium-rank and senior civil servants. It was founded in 1979.

Many policymakers in Nigeria have attended the NIPSS. Notable among them are ex-military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, and Nuhu Ribadu, a former anti-corruption chief.

Each year, the institute develops a policy plan for the country. It reports directly to the Nigerian president and is supervised by the vice president.

This year, President Muhammadu Buhari gave NIPPS a mandate of charting a roadmap that will help the country achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through better funding.

To achieve this mandate, the institute collaborated with a Non-Governmental Organisation working on health in Nigeria, Development Research and Project Centre (DRPC) PACFaH@Scale.

NIPSS in partnership with DRPC/PACFaH@Scale embarked on both local and international study tour. The participants toured 12 states in the country where DRPC work to understudy their primary health system. It also went to other countries like Rwanda to understudy their health insurance system.

The tour was targeted at building the capacity of participants on the primary health systems as well as providing guidance on the basic minimum packages for PHCs. It was also aimed at bridging the gap between policymakers and the end recipients of government policies.

It also served as a basis of knowledge on which the report on ‘‘Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’’ submitted to President Buhari on Friday was formulated.

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9:40 am – It is a windy Saturday here at the NIPSS New auditorium. It is currently 24 degrees and partly sunny.

Guests are beginning to file in to the auditorium for the graduation ceremony of the Senior Executive Course 41, 2019.

There is a heavy presence of security officers from the gates to the hall. This is in anticipation of dignitaries expected to grace the occasion.


9:58: Among dignitaries who have arrived are emirs, heads of parastatals, security gencies, among others.


10:00 – Among those who have arrived are the emir of Kanem, the representative of Inspector of Police, the president of the Nigeria Medical Association, Francis Faduyile, a representative of the National Accountant association of Nigeria, in person of S A Aruwa.


10:00 Guests and dignitaries are still entering the hall. Some other dignitaries present are politicians from across the state.

The MC is on the podium welcoming the guests.

Partners in co-hosting this year event are the DrPC/PACFach@Scale.

Among dignitaries still expected are the deputy governor of Yobe State, the Plateau State Governor, the high commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria and the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.


10:20 a.m.

The guest lecturer for this event, the high commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, Wendel De Landro, just came in.

He is expected to deliver a lecture on Funding Universal Health Care Delivery: Lesson from Trinidad and Tobago.

The theme of the lecture is apt, considering the study theme approved by Mr Buhari for the 2019 participants.


10:31 am – While still awaiting the arrival of the Vice President with his entourage, the police band is playing in the background.

Graduates of this institute have been involved in formulating policies that is expected to develop the country.

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru was established by Decree No. 20, 1979 and CAP Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.


10:31 am – While still awaiting the arrival of the Vice President with his entourage, the police band is playing in the background.

Graduates of this institute have been involved in formulating policies that is expected to develop the country.

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru was established by Decree No. 20, 1979 and CAP Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

10:37 am information reaching us in the hall now is that the special guest of honour in person of the vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is all within the compound of the institute.


The graduating team as part of their project for the completion of their course had been given the mandate of charting a roadmap that will help the country achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through better funding.

To achieve this mandate, the institute collaborated with a Non-Governmental Organisation working on health in Nigeria, Development Research and Project Centre (DRPC) PACFaH@Scale.


The report on ‘‘Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’’ was submitted to President Buhari on Friday.

Each year, the institute develops a policy plan for the country. It reports directly to the Nigerian president and is supervised by the vice president.

This graduation serves as the last step of the completion of the course.

Participants who fulfill all the requirements of the course are awarded a certificate entitling them to “Membership of the National Institute” (mni).

Those who are unable to meet the requirements of the course merely get a certificate of attendance. The graduands started the course in February and are receiving the certificate of completion today.

Achieving UHC in Nigeria has become a major priority for the government as Nigerians still spend huge amounts of money to get health care.

Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest prevalence of out of pocket spending on health and many primary health care centres in the country are not functional.

Outside now is the siren signifying the arrival of the vice president and his entourage. The event is expected to kick off as soon as he enters the hall.

10:45 am _ Vice President Yemi Osinbajo just came into the hall. Going on now is the national anthem and the opening prayer to commence the event.


10:52 Taking over as the compere is Moji Makanjuola.

In the hall with the vice president is the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Deputy Governor of Yobe State, and others.


10:50 am – Giving the welcome address is the chairman, Board of Governors of the National Institute, Abayomi Olonisakin. He thanked the president for the support he has been giving the institute. He also thanked the vice president for gracing the occasion and the host Governor Lalong for creating a conducive environment of the institute to thrive.

He congratulated the graduates and urged them to put into practice the distinct skills they have learnt and that they should be good ambassadors of the institute and Nigeria as Nigeria expects a lot from them.


11:20 am – The first goodwill message was delivered by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire. He was however, represented by the Chief Medical Director of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH) Professor Edmund Banwat.

He appreciated the invite to the graduation ceremony and said the theme is apt, particularly in a country that calls for emergency in the health sector. He said the president had shown interest in repositioning the health sector and health of Nigerians by implementing and releasing the Basic Health Care Provision Funds.

He said there is a need to create policies and strategy to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in the country and that the theme and reports would help with the paradigm shift.
he congratulated the graduates and said the ministry looks forward to their recommendation to move health care forward.


11:27 am – The next good will message was delivered by the co- host and partner of the programme for the Senior Executive Course 41, DrPC/PACFach @scale – Stanley Ukpai.

Mr Ukpai congratulated the graduating set and said the organisation will continue to partner with the institute for the development of the country.

He said DrPC/PACFach @scale partnered with the institute because they realised that one of the ways through which they can drive home the agenda of achieving UHC in Nigeria. He said this has become important as many Nigerians spend out of pocket to get health care and most of the primary health care centres in the country are not functional.

Also giving a goodwill message is the former Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima. He graduated from the institute in 2015.

He advised the new graduates to leverage on the training of the institute and promote peace and stability for a better country.

He also called on the institute to research on the causes of insurgency in the country. He said the theme of this year is very apt and funding primary health care is very important. He promised as a member of the institute to key into the recommendations for this year.


11:50 am The annual conference has just commence – the guest lecturer is the High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobego to Nigeria – Wendel De Landro. He is an engineer and worked in Nigeria — with Shell in PortHarcourtt and other countries. This is his first posting as ambassador to Nigeria.

Mr Landro is to deliver a lecture on Funding Universal Health Care Delivery: Lesson from Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidadd and Tobago is a small country as compared to Nigeria and has a population of about 1.3 million people. Its major sources of income is are tourism, energy, manufacturing, among others.

Mr Landro said the country operates a two tier health sector, the government and the private sector. He said the ministry of health ensures an oversight of all the facilities rendering health services. He said they monitor and ensure quality and professionalism of the workforce.




He said Nigeria can learn from its ministries in providing oversight. He said there are also programmes that address maternal and child health care. He said health services in the country are operated according to regions. “We also promote and push free confidentiality HIV testing, and invest in promoting improvement in Health services,” he says.


He said they recruit doctors from Nigeria, India, Cuba and other countries.

There are lots of Nigerian health professionals especially doctors working in Trinidad and Tobago.

He said there are major hospitals throughout the country as well as smaller centers and clinics located regionally. He said the hospital are aided by many district health facilities located throughout the country.

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has launched CDAP ( Chronic Disease Assistance Program) which provides citizens with free prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical items to combat health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac diseases, arthritis, glaucoma, mental depression, high blood pressure, benign prostate hyperplasia, Thyroid disease among others.

He also added that there are over 250 pharmacies throughout the country that provide medication through CDAP for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.


12:00 pm – The main event of the day: the graduands are being presented to the Director – General/CEO for conferment of mni by the director of studies.

12:19 pm- Currently ongoing is the presentation of certificates by the Special Guest of Honour – Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The 66 graduates of the Senior Executive Course 41, can henceforth use the mni in front of their names. The graduates were drawn from the private sector, the civil service, paramilitary and military sector. The senior Executive Course lasted for 10 months and admission is strictly by nomination by sponsoring organisations and approval by the office of the president.

The programme of the course is organised into the modules: Understanding the Nigerian state, research methodology, leadership, policy and strategy, science, technology and innovation, economics and management studies, international Relations, Defence and Security Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies/Crisis Management.

The Senior Executive Course is organised by the directorate of studies in conjunction with other directorates and departments of the institutes. The total number of graduates of the institute is now 2,112.

Mr Landros said Nigeria too can learn from some of the activities of Trinidad and Tobago and invest in its healthcare system

He said the recruit doctors from Nigeria, Indians, cuba and other countries.

There are lots of Nigeria health professionals especially doctors working in Trinidad and Tobago. He said there are major hospitals throughout the country as well as smaller centers and clinics located regionally. he said the hospital are aided by many district health facilities located throughout the country.

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has launched CDAP ( chronic Disease Assistance Program) which provides citizens with free prescription drugs and other pharmaceutical items to combat health conditions such as diabetes, Asthma, Cardiac Diseases, Arthritis, Glaucoma, mental depression, High blood pressure, Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, Thyroid disease among others.

he also added that over 250 pharmacies throughout the country that provides medication throughCDAP for the citizens of trinidad and Tobago.

Mr Landros however, said to achieve UHC to have to establish free healthcare and hospitals


12:51 pm – Ongoing now is the induction of graduands into the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) by the ANNI Executives. Also ongoing is the decoration of the graduates.


1:00 pm – The special guest of honour, Yemi Osinbajo, representing the president, climbs the podium to deliver his speech.

Mr Osinbajo congratulates the graudands. He says NIPPS is the nation’s official think tank for policy development for the country. Mr Osinbajo appreciates the graduating sets and says their report deserves commendation.

He says most of the recommendations made are practicable and will go into planning of UHC for Nigeria.

Mr Osinbajo says the government will endeavour to carry out all the recommendations on UHC.


He said achieving UHC is a priority for the government and that is why the recommendations by the NIPPS is very apt. He said the new development is to build on the digital revolution because the speed at which the development revolutionary stages are moving his very fast.

He said the digital revolution is the fourth stage of developmental revolution in the world and the frequency at which the digital revolution is moving is very fast and it cuts across all sectors ranging from health, to agriculture, to artificial intelligence, business, marketing among others.

Mr Osinbajo said Nigeria needs to tap into this development so as not to be left behind. He said the country needs to tap into this for development in business, healthcare delivery, nanotechnology, cinematography, media development, and every aspect of our lives .

“There is a need to constantly interrogate our lives in the technological world. The government understands the importance of data, that is why we are trying to harmonsie the data of every citizen of the country. Data is very crucial to the development of the country and the government recognises the importance of data for economic planning, security health services among others.”


“With a reliable database of the citizens of Nigeria, this will help reposition the development of the country and we are doing this through the harmonisation of data through NIMC, BVN and birth and death certificates through the National Population Commision,” he says.

Mr Osinbajo explained that if Nigeria effectively explores the technology sector it will provide thousands of jobs.

He said the government is already exploring the possibility of telemedicine for health service delivery. This, he said is being done by talking with medical practitioners in diaspora on how they can explore the use of ICT to deliver quality and timely health services to the nation.

“Technology has been doing a lot of life-saving inventions in Nigeria- life band is an example of how technology can safe many people in the country.”
He explained that in theory, the drone technology can be used to enhance service delivery in the health sector. He said this can be used to deliver drugs such as vaccines, malaria drugs and even collect blood samples at hard-to-reach areas.


He said Nigeria cannot remain where we are in development; the opportunities are great and we can leapfrog. We only need to tap into it,” he said.

He also said the problem with Nigeria is not policy formulation as there are policies everywhere and NIPPS has been doing a good job of formulating policies for the country since it was established.

He, however, lamented that the problem with policies brought up in nigeria is implementation and NIPPS “must graduate throm a think tank to do tank”. He said it is time for NIPSS to not just formulate policies but insist on its implementations.

With a reliable data base of the citizens of nigeria, this will help reposition the development of the country and we are doing this through the harmonisation of data through NIMC, BVN and birth and death certificates through the National Population Commision”.

Mr Osinbajo explained that if Nigeria effectively explores the technology sector it will provide thousands of Nigerians as the country is a major rival to india in service delivery.

He said the government is already exploring the possibility of telemedicine for health service delivery. This, he said is been done by talking with the medical practitioners in diaspora on how the can explore the use of ICT to deliver quality and timely health services to the nation.

“Technology has been doing alot of life saving inventions in nigeria- life band is an example of how technology can safe many people in the country.”

He explained that in theory, the drone technology can be used to enhance service delivery in the health sector. He said this can be used to deliver drugs such as vaccines, malaria drugs and even collect blood samples at hard to reach areas.



















 

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