OrderPaperToday – Telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria be made to pay mandatory contributions to the development of the health sector.

This view was expressed by Sen. Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South) in an interview with newsmen.

The Senator said there was an urgent need for corporate intervention in view of the fact that the health sector was inadequately funded.

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He said the success of funding tertiary education through TETFund should be replicated in the health sector, saying “it doesn’t cost them anything if they are able to give us N1 from every N1000 recharge card to be put in the direction of health, it will run into billions.”

According to him, “it is an idea that government must look at or let it be an executive bill that will be introduced to us. But if they don’t even introduce it, I am going to do that very soon.”

The lawmaker decried that in spite of the current health challenges in the country, the 2016 budget allocation to the health sector was insufficient.

He said: “The special interventions that are supposed to be there are not there. The Health ministry has a capital budget of N35 billion in this year’s budget, recurrent is about 200 plus billion naira but the capital there is only N35 billion, what can that do.”

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