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Provost Of College OF Medicine And Health Services Advocated A Voluntary National Mentorship Programme



Prof. Usman Ahmed, Provost, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Federal University, Dutse, has advocated for a voluntary National Mentorship Programme from the knowledge of retirees in order to realise the productivity potential of Nigeria’s population.
Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that Nigeria needed to concentrate more on developing human capital through integrated investments in health and education at all ages.
He said the country can leverage on the masses of youth and the increasing numbers of experienced retirees to create synergistic relations between the two demographic groups.
“A voluntary National Mentorship Programme achieved by engaging the retirees to mentor the youths, organised in to a voluntary National Mentee Programme and even assist them set up enterprises.
“Governments at all levels and private sector can support such programmes by giving incentives to the retirees as well as the youths, to join and engage through allowances, apprenticeship and placements.
“Access to investment finance for viable government projects such as through SMEDAN, Bank of Industry, Central Bank of Nigeria grants, Retail Banks, other corporate bodies, philanthropists and civil society groups, among others,’’ he said.
He noted that by this programme, the inherent knowledge, skills, experience, innovation, enthusiasm and potential of these important demographic groups, can be put to work for the benefit of society.
According to him, Nigeria featured very poorly in the recent first ever World Bank Human Capital Index Report on Oct. 11, 2019.
He added that the report showed that Nigeria performed poorly on virtually all relevant development indices including life expectancy, Health-Adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE).
Ahmed said the indices could be improved by building on human capital rather than physical infrastructure thus unleashing the potential that the nation possesses, but that have not been realised.

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