Bill Gates asks Nigeria to invest more in human resources than infrastructure

A global philanthropist, Bill Gates has asked Nigeria to invest massively in its human resources to attain its destined potential.

Nigeria, according to him, will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive.

Gates speaking during a meeting of the expanded National Economic Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, faulted the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic recovery and growth plan, saying it places too much emphasis on infrastructure at the expense of investment in human capital.

He advised that massive investment in infrastructure should be phased over a long time.

For now, Gates said that Nigeria’s immediate investment should be in healthcare, education and human capacity, adding that such investments will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity.

“The Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies investing in people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritising physical capital over human capital,” he noted.

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