Peter Obi lauds Quranic proficiency of Northern youth, seeks harnessing of talents for economic development

Peter Obi lauds Quranic proficiency of Northern youth, seeks harnessing of talents for economic development

Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter Obi has said he would exploit the quranic proficiency of northern Nigerian schoolchildren to give them a career pathway built on skills.

At a televised dialogue on Arise TV, on Sunday, December 4, 2022;  Peter Obi said northern children’s ability to master the Islamic holy book indicated they would be able to master skills.

“If they can learn Quran, it means they are intelligent,” Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra said. He disclosed this as part of a broad response on tackling education. “I will meet them where they are learning Quran” and let them know they can have skills.

“What we need to do, other than increased investment in education, is also to have increased inspection across state and local government,” Peter Obi said.

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Education in northern Nigeria has lagged behind the rest of the country for decades; with a substantial majority of the country’s out-of-school children being from the region, per UNICEF estimates.

Also in the dialogue, Peter Obi slammed the federal government; stating that the country has no business subsidizing petrol when the health sector is in need of funding.

The former Anambra state governor said that the budget for the health sector is unacceptable. He added that this must be increased to at least 10 per cent; if the country wants to stop experiencing the brain drain currently marring the health sector.

“Do massive training of doctors who can live, who can stay her. But the most important thing is the investment in the health sector. It is too low. It is unacceptable. You need to have at least 10 per cent of your budget,” Peter Obi said.

He emphasized that as opposed to investing in petroleum consumption, the government needs to focus on more critical areas such as health, education and fighting poverty.

“These are areas where you have to do subsidy not in petroleum consumption. There are areas where government do subsidies and it is productive and development areas that are critical like health, education, fighting poverty, these areas are where you need to invest, so there is a need to be a physical package to support the insurance which will allow them to treat high to low.

“It’s been done in Indonesia, in India, I will show you big nations that are practising it, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to learn what is being practice somewhere and do the same.”

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