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Ivie Omoregie: Imagine If All Government Officials & Their Families Were Mandated to Receive Medical Treatment in Nigeria



Ivie OmoregieThe other day I and a friend were having a random brain storming session. Although she is a Barbie looking, always fully contoured, with nails did ajebutter babe, she is a very patriotic woman, who as much as possible buys Nigerian. She has been holidaying in Nigeria for some time now (well at least one new state a year). She is someone who strongly believes in Nigeria.

She mentioned something that I thought was a very very interesting concept. She was very passionate about the fact that in light of recent developments with regards to the availability of forex and the current value of the naira on the parallel market, one would expect elected officials to set an example for the average Nigerian to follow. She stressed that this would be in tune with effective leadership in a time of economical uncertainty.

She then drops the bomb shell…..

how different would Nigeria be right now if all elected officials, and their immediate families, were mandated to receive medical care and undergrad education in Nigeria just like the average Nigerian citizen

It was an interesting discussion to say the least, hence I would love to get your honest opinions on this.

How would this affect the state of the nation’s hospitals and schools?

Do you think the same politicians who will be caught in this mandate would pass same?

Is this even necessary in light of the imminent “change” in the corrupt old ways of the countries?


Ivie Omoregie is the Founding Consultant at Skye Advisory. Skye Advisory is a boutique business advisory firm with locations in London, England, as well as Lagos, Nigeria. Skye Advisory offers bespoke Legal, Financial and General Business advisory services to small and micro businesses.  Ivie is a duly qualified lawyer with years of cross border experience in the areas of Corporate Advisory, Energy and Projects, Finance and Litigation.  Ivie is also an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association as well as an avid Business Advisor, Political Analyst and Human Rights promoter.  View more details about her at Follow her on Twitter @Ivie_Omoregie and Instagram @Skye.Advisory "


  1. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    February 23, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Fair tradeoff but a bit simplistic.

    • zinny

      February 24, 2016 at 8:56 am

      If it’sam to say, there should be a law like if you are embarking on taking any public office be it president or whoever no 1, your kids must study in Nigeria , 2. Medicals in Nigeria ,3your salary will been known by all even mama in village. This way schools will be fixed, hospital in good shape, and when seen with extremely luxury items you answer nigerians how they come about. Believe the real people who has Nigeria interest will emerge to take offices knowing theirs no national cake. Lets put our voices. I studied abroad on self paid. My brethren the people who came on scholarship were commissioners kids, top government officials, i come dey wonder haven’t they packe enough? Why not leave scholarship to average and poor intelligent citizens who can’t afford it. They hijacs scholarship for themselves and families.

    • Tony

      February 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Fantastic idea. I believe this would be the quickest way to fix the country’s healthcare and educational systems.

  2. Aunty

    February 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I didn’t read the article, but I’ve always wished that the government officials were mandated to be treated in government hospitals! Not private o!
    Who will hear about people going to India for treatment at that point?

    • Banks

      February 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

      You sound so dumb and unintelligent with your opening statement, you didn’t read the article but you dropped a comment? Sounds more like writing exams without reading. We got deep rooted problems on our hands in this country

  3. Mr. Egghead

    February 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Nne, it wouldn’t work.

    First, the government has no right to tell an official where to seek his/her healthcare, particularly when the official is paying from his pocket. His money, his healthcare.

    Second, the family members of government officials are not constrained by the official. They are independent to choose what they want. Imagine telling Abisola Kola-Daisi that she has to deliver her next baby in Nigeria because her popsy is a governor. Same goes for education, you can’t dictate where I school. particularly when you won’t provide a scholarship

    Even if, somehow, they enacted this policy, big men can pay for concierge doctors to fly in and attend to their medicare. If Muhammed can’t go to the mountain, the mountain will go to Muhammed.

    Where do you draw the line? Today, it is the immediate family, tomorrow it will be the extended family. Maybe next tomorrow, the entire umunna will lose their chance at Harvard because their son is in the House of Reps.

    Unless Nigeria stops being a capitalist economy powered by the dual engines of free market and enterprise, that will never happen.

    *drops mic . . . and drags wife into bedroom*

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

      I was agreeing with you until you went an proposed the road to serfdom.

      Name one successful non-capitalist economy. One.

    • Jacqueline

      February 24, 2016 at 9:47 am

      and all i saw was drags wife into bedroom

    • ayo

      February 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

      1. the government has every right to make rules and regulations to govern people who have voluntarily put themselves forth to fill a particular position. This is just like saying executive immunity for elected officials goes against the rule of law. They are not deemed as normal citizens, and thus not treated as such. Its a simple “take it or leave it” situation. It will filter the people who have a genuine interest in the development of the nation out of the masses who want to come for personal gains. If on the entire 4 years of governance an elected official cannot produce 1 state owned institution suitable for use then that is evidence of the quality of their governance.

      2. a family member under the age of 18 is the primary responsibility of the elected official. Abisola is a grown ass woman. but in saying that, if she believes in her state, from which the majority of her wealth has been acquired, why can she not refurbish one of the general hospitals there in order to give birth there. Im sure if she puts down 1 diamond encrusted designer watch it will go far to aid this.

      3. image they enact this policy and big men are flying in doctors left right and center, they would still be using local facilities, thus the local facilities will have to be suitable for use. But reading the wording of this article, I believe the mandate would be “stay and use Nigerian groomed medical and educational facilities”, being able to fly in a team of foreign professionals defeats the purpose of the proposed enactment.

      If in the entire 4 years of governance an elected official cannot produce 1 state owned institution suitable for use then that is evidence of the quality of their governance.

  4. Olu

    February 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    We can only imagine. ……..
    In this country where we are used to ‘I pass my neighbour’

  5. Teju TJ

    February 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I had this conversation twice recently. In my opinion, that is the only way the healthcare and educational system could be fixed. They need to place an embargo on politicians and their immediate relatives. Only then, will they fix the issues with the specified sectors; given that they don’t want to die.

    Many years ago, my aunty had a terminal ailment. She flew to the U.K for treatment. She was billed 200,000 pounds. That is money that could have stayed in our economy if the health system was right. We are just dashing foreign countries money like no man’s business. So terrible. Such a shame.

    I believe in Nigeria so much. There are so many opportunities. So much potential. Matter of fact, I feel like each day I remain in the U.S, i am wasting my life.

    • Tee

      February 23, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      i agree with you , i feel so sad at time when i read how Nigerians waist money as if it was not worked for , everyone is always trying to out do the other person, it is a major contributor to the corruption that has plagued the country. me too i want to return home but you can’t go empty handed. Nigeria has so much potentials but just so much evil and selfishness everywhere you look. something has to be done to stem the wastefulness in all section of the government. its daunting at times.

  6. j'suis belle

    February 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    if all gov’t officials &fam were mandated to receive treatment here in naija then i guess we will be seeing the over nite increase of clinic fee and construction of “private owned’ and state of the art clinics,which will not be given to the regular nigerian

  7. Yori

    February 23, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    We can only imagine. Just to add that some of the best doctors in those hospitals abroad be it India, US or UK are actually Africans! Some trained on govt scholarship as top students and retained by host countries. The irony!

    • nnenne

      February 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      @Yori…. And no one is reminding them everyday that they are non- indigene, nether do they work with yearly contracts and no benefits. They are rather INCLUDED in those societies just as the natives.

  8. Benny

    February 24, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Gosh the simplistic approach to Nigeria’s problems and solutions irk me. I can fly abroad for treatment if I want to, I am not a government official. My mum is a government worker, she is not filthy rich, she can do same. People leave developed countries and go to other developed countries for medical tourism too. This “we have to look for where to pass the blame for Nigeria’s problems instead of calling out an ineffective government” is getting tiring. At some point, you people have even accused all diaspora students of being corrupt thieves for daring to school elsewhere. Haba!
    Anyway, with respect to medical tourism, please read up on Ondo State’s medical village and the wonderful surgeries they do there for a fraction of the abroad price with state of the art facilities. Spinal and brain surgeries inclusive. Akwa Ibom is also setting up and these are next to free with passionate doctors. In Ondo’s case, people from other African countries are already coming in for surgery while we seat in our ignorant corners and blame medical tourism for the crash of the Naira.
    We go dey alright last last… But before then, tell your ailing friends about Ondo’s health facilities and save a life today

  9. fleur

    February 24, 2016 at 2:08 am


    You (or your friend) has an idea worth nurturing. What I would recommend is that public officials be made to understand before they take office that they will have to use the public health care system for routine screenings and treatment for conditions. Public officials will have to know before going in that travel abroad for medical treatment is prohibited. the person can relinquish their position to receive treatment abroad but if they want a position, they have to get treatment within Nigeria. Same should be applied to the education sector. All children of public servants and those employed in the education sector will have to attend publicly owned universities. But this has to be a condition for serving. If you dont like these terms, you do not serve. Will this cause us to not have brainiacs running our systems> Absolutely not. It will weed out those who are unpatriotic down to their DNA. The biggest benefit of this approach is that it will force an immediate upgrade of the health care and educational systems. The standards will change dramatically within as little of 5 years if our leaders know that their mortality and futures are tied to their output.
    By the way, these ideas can be extended to Made in Nigeria cars, phone systems owned by Nigerians, computers owned by Nigerians, etc. In the United States, you cannot see a SAmsung computer from govt procurement. You either find Apple or Dell and before these newbies, IBM. Americans use their local cell phone makers for official phones. Same for the land lines. Same for the official cars. Even the paper and pens. The president goes to Walter Reed for medical care. You have a point. Just needs to be flushed out so that it is a precondition for office rather than one that is imposed after the fact.

  10. Jacqueline

    February 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Isaac Adewole’s health care in Nigeria
    Adamu Adamu’s education for immediate family in Nigeria
    Rotimi Amaechi, Hadi Sirika travelling strictly by road and commercial airline in Nigeria
    Ibe Kachikwu queuing for fuel
    Fashola not allowed to use a generator
    Ministerial appointments will now be strictly for people who can do the job
    Things will definitely change

    • Ade

      February 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      i love this response.

      i do not understand how people are even arguing to the contrary. An elected official is not a normal citizen. They have been held out by the normal citizens to be on a higher lever, thus elected to rule over the normal citizens.

      If they dont want to agree to the terms and conditions of appointment, they they should not run for the election. Simple….

      Where an elected official has no faith in the system he has been elected to govern then who else will.

      Nigerians have created a system where elected officials are now demigods….. to the point that we see their children having a fragrant disregard to the rule of law, lavishly brandishing ill gotten wealth.

  11. KB Davies

    February 24, 2016 at 11:31 am

    The problem is the average Nigerian citizen is not “mandated” to receive medical care and undergrad education in Nigeria. They do so because of socio-econimic reasons. So why should the rich and wealthy be mandated?

    Nigeria is a democracy, and in a democracy, people have the freedom to choose where they get an education, or medical treatment, or indeed anything. To mandate these things is to create a kind of dictatorship not seen anywhere in the world to date.

    More so, with all the “made in Nigeria” hoopla going on, EVERYONE is guilty of some hypocrisy in the matter. How many of the glamorous people (men & women) opining on the issue have ALL their clothes, shoes and handbags made in Nigeria? How many women wear lace wigs, hair extensions and nail overlays made in Nigeria? Buying low quality stuff or accepting low quality service “made” in your country is not patriotism. It is foolishness. Accepting bad service and products does not raise standards. It ingrains them.

    The truth is when the quality of Nigerian products and services can meet acceptable international standards, i am sure many people will buy them. I like many others have bought the ones that do. and simply rejected the ones that don’t.

  12. nunulicious

    February 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    maybe it should be as simple as not using public funds for funding healthcare and children education. but you cannot stop me from going to a foreign school simply because my mommy or daddy holds a public office.

  13. LoopsPR

    February 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Its been said…some of their children actually school in Nigeria. Other things can be a sanction perhaps a salary and allowance cut. You schd in England. Y u no go Uniben? It all depends on choice.

  14. Ladi

    February 24, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Please this point deserves a round of applause.

    Someone needs to get Ben Murray Bruce involved.

    Any NIGERIAN who believes in the nation will stay and fix it. And if they cannot stay and fix it then they do not deserve to be there.

  15. Tochukwu

    February 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    A very interesting topic. If we buy Nigeria we will be focused on improving the quality of what we buy in Nigeria. Most especially the government executives. Doesn’t mean they should not seek healthcare abroad if it is best but that they should strive to take healthcare in Nigeria to the that same level, with a drive as though their own personal well being depended totally on it, because for majority of the Nigerian population its the only option. This applies to other industries as well. We need more policies to ensure local content is preferred in quality and cost. We need more policies that encourage exports and less import. #BuyNigerianGrowtheNaira.

  16. Chukwuebuka

    February 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The way I see it, that would not entirely solve the problem. If these officials are foreclosed from seeking medical care outside Nigeria, they will simply bring in foreign professionals into Nigeria and open a gigantic/sophisticated hospital which only them (the G. Officials) can afford.

  17. Folajomi

    February 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Wow Ivie, the penny really drops at such a suggestion, I read the article and quite enjoyed it, it would be a catalyst in getting the political class to stop absconding from their pressing domestic duties and bring Nigeria into a new age of development!

  18. Kemela

    February 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Trying to understand the rationale. So if the nature of medical treatment is unavailable locally because someone is a government official they should die or remain afflicted simply because they are government officials? How does this deal with the multi dimensional nature of policy and implementation of healthcare delivery in Nigeria, which I suppose, is the rationale behind the postulation.

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