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Speaker wants more investments in health sector

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, has called for more investments in the nation’s health sector, saying doing so would checkmate medical tourism, generate foreign exchange and save the naira.

The Speaker stated this when he received a delegation from the First Surat Group of Companies, a Turkish conglomerate in Nigeria, in Abuja on Friday.

The delegation was made up of the Group Managing Director of the organisation, Yasar Ovenc; Chief Medical Director, Nizamiye Hospital, Prof. Ibrahim Yanmis; Executive Director, Nizamiye Hospital, Servet Gulerman; Managing Director, Nigerian-Turkish International Schools, Feyzullah Bilgin; President, Ufuk Dialog, Emrah Ilgen, and the Public Relations Officer, Nizamiye Hospital, Muhammad Abubakar.

Also at the meeting were the Minority Whip of the House, Ali Isah, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker (Administration), Jamil Muhammad, amongst others.


A statement issued by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Abdullahi Krishi, quoted Abbas as saying, “A significant number of the citizens of this country are going on medical tourism. If we can have or replicate what we have in the developed countries, Nigeria would be able to save a lot of foreign exchange, and we will be able to save our naira.”

Abbas, who represents the Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna State, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, expressed the readiness of the National Assembly, particularly the House, to welcome ideas on how to collaborate for a win-win situation for Nigeria and Turkey.

Stressing that he was “really touched by the amazing and wonderful things” the First Surat Group of Companies has been doing in Nigeria, Abbas urged the conglomerate to work with the newly created Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the House for the mutual benefit of Nigeria and Turkey.”

It is indeed a testimony that the Nigerian-Turkish relationship is a mutually beneficial one, and I hope other nationalities will emulate the good work that you have been doing in Nigeria,” he added.

Earlier, the conglomerate’s MD congratulated the Speaker on his emergence as the fourth citizen of Nigeria.

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