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Bill Gates To Buhari: Your Growth Plan doesn’t Reflect People’s Needs, Ben Bruce, El-Rufai and FFK Have Reacted


Bill Gate who is the Billionaire Founder of Microsoft Corporation, was in the Presidential Villa on Thursday, said the execution process of the economic and recovery growth plan (ERGP) does not reflect Nigerians needs.

Speaking at the expanded national economic council that was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, Bill Gates who faulted the ERGP, a medium-term document launched by President Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2017 to restore the nation’s economic status after it was hit by its worst recession in 29 years, said;

“Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. One in three Nigerian children is chronically malnourished,” he said.

“The Nigerian government’s economic recovery and growth plan identify investing in our people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don’t fully reflect people’s needs, prioritizing physical capital over human capital.

“To anchor the economy over the long term, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people.

“People without roads, ports, and factories can’t flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can’t sustain an economy.”

Bill Gate revealed that the biggest African office of his foundation is in Nigeria, adding that the organization has spent over $1.6 billion with intentions of increasing the commitment. Gates said this while he was addressing the issue of stunted growth, will add $30 billion to the GDP yearly.

“The most important choice you can make is to maximize your greatest resource, the Nigerian people. Nigeria will thrive when every Nigerian is able to thrive,” he continued.

“If you invest in their health, education and opportunities, the human capital we are talking about today then; that will lay the foundation for sustained prosperity.

“If you don’t, however, then it is very important to recognise that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow.”

Reacting to the report, Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, said the ERGP has enough provision for human capital. According to him, what is needed is not an adjustment of the ERGP but for state governments to adopt similar plans.

“On the review of ERGP as suggested by Bill Gates, it is not correct to say that the economic recovery and growth plan does not give primacy to human capital, it is not correct,” el-Rufai said.

“The economic recovery and growth plan has enough provision for human capital, it is a federal government plan, what is needed is for states to have similar plans as well as adequate provisions for healthcare and education.

“Because the bulk of the burden for healthcare and education really rests on states governments. The disease burden of the country is largely at the primary healthcare level and this primary healthcare system is broken completely, we need to rebuild it.

“It is the responsibility of the states rather than the federal government. The federal government incentifies with funding, grants and aids. But essentially, routine immunization, primary healthcare, is the responsibility of the states.

“So it is not gaps in the ERGP that we are looking at, it is appealing to states governments to provide more money in basic education, primary healthcare. It is not the ERGP that needs adjustments, it is the budgeting that needs to be ramped up in these two key areas because these are where the problems are.

“If a child losses equality education, he is done for life. If a child doesn’t get quality healthcare in the first two years, he is destroyed for life. This is the message that we invest more at the lower level, so that we prevent this disaster from happening.”

Ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode who also reacted to the report tweeted;

‘You invited Bill Gates to your Economic Council meeting and he told you the bitter truth and that things are not working the way they should.

When your guest tells you the bitter truth you better sit up and listen. Gates needs nothing from you and he has no reason to lie. You are a disaster.”

‘Bill Gates visited the Presidency today and said: 1. “The present economic templates being used by the Buhari govt do not have the ability to address the unique needs of Nigerians”. 2. “Nigeria is the most dangerous place to give birth in the world”. LISTEN TO UR GUEST!

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who took to Twitter to react to the report tweeted;

Truth to power! More grease Mr. @BillGates, more grease!

The shots fired by @BillGates at @AsoRocktoday were timely and well said. This government has spent three years blaming the previous administration and not enough time preparing its own economic plans and implementing them. It took a foreigner to say this truth to power. Kudos!

We have been saying these same things for years. When we say them, we are called wailers. But @BillGates is not a politician. He is not a wailer. He is a friend of Nigeria who has spent $1.6 billion of his own money trying to help poor people in Africa and particularly in Nigeria


  1. This is the prize you have to pay when clueless people are in power. Imagine the boldness in ignorance! This is true government that have security and economic plan for its citizens. The worst government ever experienced, where human beings are killed like animals, without dignity for life, and still the commander-in chief is clamoring for power. What a shameless and perilous government. The blood of those defenseless pregnant women, innocent children whose throats were slits will revenge and it won’t be long. If I were part of this government I will bury my face in shame -you failed woefully! you failed completely! You have brought shame to the entire race of humanity. If this was in a civilized society, the commander-in-chief would have voluntarily tender his resignation letter. What a perilous government! The number of people who need psychiatric attention in this country have increased because of the atrocities committed by this government – killings have become the order of the day; bullying is on the increase; kidnappers are celebrated by the government; religious and tribal disparities are of unprecedented magnitude. Why won’t the maternal mortality and infant mortality increase when you are trading and abating with the terrorists (that you refused to brand) killing them as if you were not born by a woman. The blood of the innocent you have killed will revenge! This is just the beginning.


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