Story highlights Bill Gates implores Nigerian politicians to focus on human capital and its large youth population. (CNN)Bill Gates traveled to Nigeria to publicly give its leaders some tough talk. It was a highly unusual move but the tech billionaire believes the country is facing a critical moment. “While it may be easier to be polite, it’s more important to face facts so that you can make progress,” the philanthropist told a room of Nigeria’s government elite that included the president. In an exclusive television interview with CNN, Gates said he wanted to speak out to implore Nigerian politicians to focus on human capital and its large youth population. UN: Half of world’s population growth is likely to occur in Africa “The current quality and quantity of investment in this young generation in health and education just isn’t good enough. So I was very direct.” The tech billionaire and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation feels that he has earned the right to speak. Read More Gates says he has traveled to Nigeria for more than a decade and the foundation is spending $1.6 billion on programs here — most of it his own money. Their primary focus… Read full this story
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