By Hassan Zaggi Correspondent, Abuja
The incoming Muhammadu Buhari led-government has been advised to undertake a comprehensive reform of the political structure of the country from the Presidency down to all tiers of government.
President of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association (MDCAN), Steve Oluwole, gave the advice while responding to questions from journalists on the recently concluded presidential election in Abuja, yesterday.
MDCAN also urged the President-elect to bring his tested integrity to bear by sticking to, and implementing his campaign promises on corruption, security and revamping the economy.
According to the Oluwole: “The phenomenon of the campaign, which centred on the tested integrity of the President-Elect, should not be political device to win election, but the very instrument to govern, and truly reform the culture of ‘government money in government house’, graft, reckless spending, and impunity of public office holders.
“The political capital gained by the APC-led government should transform the landscape and curb the rot only known in Nigeria, where senators’ annual take-home pay exceed that of the President of the USA. Governors’ security votes, which make mockery of sanity, should be streamlined to reality.
“ The outragous allocations for meals, diesel and sundries should be scrapped, when the President of the USA pays for his meals.”
Oluwole also advised the president-elect not to change in totality all the policies put in place by outgoing government .
“Change must not be wholesale rejection of the past and present. There must be systematic appraisal of the entire system, which should lead to retention of the good, upgrade of the deficient, and replacement of the repugnant, ” he noted.
He, however cautioned the incoming Buhari government to resist the idea of privatizing tertiary health care in the country, as this according to him, will deprive the poor from assessing, affordable, qualitative and sophisticated health care services.
“The questionable, and possibly ill-motivated, drive to privatise tertiary health care should be resisted. Teaching hospitals should not be converted to for-profit Institutions .
“Such conversion will limit the number and category of patients that can receive teaching hospital services to those who have resources to pay.
“They will be robbed of their traditional values, and hindered from effective teaching, research, and development of medical services,” the MDCAN president reiterated.
While commenting on the recently concluded presidential elections, Oluwole said that the elections produced a seismic shift of the political structure and alignments. He, however, warned that the energy must be harnessed to drive development and progress rather than to drive extinction or annihilation of non-participating or dissenting tribes, ethnic groups, and members of discordant schools of thought.
“The outcome of the election says a lot about the vision and expectation of Nigerians for their country.
“The voting, which was for an ideal, was not a gift to a party to proceed on triumphal procession, but to get to work and fix a crumbling nation. The territorial integrity of the country, which did not disintegrate as predicted, must be preserved,” he further noted.
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