FG receives NHIS report, promises speedy implementation

FG receives NHIS report, promises speedy implementation

- Presidency has received report of investigation into the fraud allegations against the executive secretary of the national health insurance scheme, Usman Yusuf

- Boss Mustapha who receiving the report in his office, assured all Nigerians that the federal government remains committed to making life worth living

- Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, said the decision of government on the recommendations of the panel will be made public at the appropriate time

Emerging reports have claimed that federal government has received the report of the committee set up to investigate allegations of fraud against the executive secretary of the national health insurance scheme, Usman Yusuf.

Leadership reports that Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, who received the report in his office, promised Nigerians that it would be expeditiously processed for implementation.

Mustapha said: “I receive this report with deep sense of appreciation and I assure you that the report would be expeditiously processed for implementation.

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“I must thank you most sincerely for all the sacrifices made to ensure that this healthcare Scheme which also borders on our security as a nation is made to stand firm on its feet and remain beneficial to all Nigerians.

''Finally, let me assure you that the decision of government on the recommendations of the panel will be made public at the appropriate time.

''I also want to assure all Nigerians that this government remains very committed to making life worth living.''

According to him, during the inauguration, the government emphasized key areas on the powers and responsibilities of the boards saying government similarly harped on the essence of good working relationship between the boards and the management while ensuring that the day-to-day operations were not interfered with.

Mustapha said in order to bring new board members and their chief executives up to speed on current policies and programmes of government as well as legislations guiding ways of conducting government business, broad-based induction courses were organized.

As at date, he noted that over 60 Agencies in four batches, have benefited from such induction courses. The SGF lamented that government continued to observe that different scales of schemishes erupted from board rooms into public domain.

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He added: ''With particular reference to the situation at NHIS, government regards the Scheme as critical to its promise to Nigerians that they would enjoy qualitative and affordable healthcare.

''Government also regards healthcare delivery as a cardinal programme on which huge investments have been committed because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

“Given the foregoing, therefore, president on the recommendation of my Office approved the constitution of a 7-Member Presidential Independent Fact-Finding Panel headed by a retired Permanent Secretary to look at the immediate and remote causes of the conflict that engulfed the NHIS.

''The panel was inaugurated on Friday, 2nd November, 2018 and charged with a 5-point Terms of Reference (TOR) including the responsibility for examining all governance issues challenging the Scheme.

“The Panel was given 2 weeks to submit its report. However, the assignment had to be extended due to the nature of the work and the need to address core issues on a lasting basis.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Usman Yusuf, the embattled executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, filed a suit against the minister of health, Isaac Adewole, and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, challenging his suspension.

The suit was filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja by Yusuf’s counsel, Uchechukwu Obi (SAN).

Yusuf was seeking for the court to rule that the NHIS governing council has no powers under sections 6 and 7 of the NHIS Act to discipline him or to investigate allegations made against him as they have done leading to his suspension on October 19, 2018.

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