By Philip Shimnom Clement in Lagos
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu has made a case for the health sector, asking the federal government to ensure it increases funding for the sector so as to achieve better health care delivery for citizens.
He made the statement when participants of National Institution of Politicy and Strategic Study (NIPSS) in collaboration with development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) who are on a local study tour, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Lagos on Wednesday.
The royal father said health sector is grossly underfunded and called on the government to do something about it to save the health sector from collapse.
“Health sector is grossly underfunded which is why government should try and meet the standard of United Nations in the area of health, education and other sectors.
“Unfortunately tax which is one of the means of generating revenue is not being paid by our people.
“In the last three years, I have paid over N300 million as Personal Income Tax,” he added.
The Oba of Lagos also made case for Lagos saying it needs special intervention and increased funding from the government because Lagos is a “Special state”.
Akiolu also added that Nigerians must do the right thing in order to move the country forward.