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RESPONSIVENESS — COMMENDATIONS FOR THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE – Working Hard Pays

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Finance Minister Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and her team deserve pats on the back for their responsiveness. News filtered out yesterday evening that the Federal Ministry of Finance would tinker with the Year 2020 Approved Budget with intent to accommodate unseen and unanticipated situations like the current Coronavirus epidemic that is disturbing the whole world. I have always had the feeling that whoever successfully drives the agenda of the federal government in the Finance Ministry should be commended. It is perhaps the busiest agency of government where the volume of work keeps them busy 24 hours a day. I have interacted a few times with people who managed the Finance Ministry in the past from the days of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala whose security guard complained to me that ‘’she never allowed ’people to go sleep at home because she likes too much work’’. Bright Okogwu was another brilliant professional who put in all he could as Director-General (Budget Office of the Federation). Hard work pays, which is why the African Development Bank signaled to Okogwo to serve as one of the topmost officials at the headquarters of the African Development Bank Group.  Current Special Adviser on Media, Tanko Yunusa Abdullahi, a level headed professional colleague is also doing his best to reflect his principal in the media. The Federal Ministry of Finance seems to me like ”a mad house” No closing time and you cannot afford to ”do things at my pace” so, the country might not collapse. HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY MINISTRIES: I should like to put in a word for two key agencies here. The Federal Ministry of Health should ideally be properly funded to tackle diseases and for both curative and anticipatory moves. It is always better for a situation not to arise than start a fire-brigade approach. I also look in the direction of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative/Herbal Medicine and their development. Traditional herbal medicines are naturally occurring, plant-derived substances with minimal or no industrial processing that have been used to treat illness within local or regional healing practices. TIME TO DEVELOP COMPLEMENTARY/ ALTERNATIVE/TRADITIONAL MEDICINE: A Report in a Bulletin of the World Health Organization states that: ‘’Traditional herbal medicines are getting significant attention in global health debates and the World Health Organization supports the development. A government agency from a developed country is conducting an HIV-treatment trial in Africa. A traditional herbal medicine, Africa Flower, has been used…

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