- A report has discovered how the management of NHIS squandered N6.8 billion
- The report showed that the agency spent N6.8 billion on several illegal and unapproved allowances between 2016 and 2017
- According to the report, management made payments which are not part of allowances listed as payable to officers in the Federal Public Service also violated the Public Service rules
An audit report has shown that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) spent N6.8 billion on several illegal and unapproved allowances between 2016 and 2017.
Premium Times reports that the agency's management helped themselves with funds from these illegal practises during the tenure of Usman Yusuf who was sacked as the NHIS executive secretary, after a 2017 Annual Audit from the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF).
The report showed that the agency's management throughout the said period paid themselves upfront allowance; upfront differential allowance; 13th-month salary allowance; pre-retirement overseas training allowance; and sitting Allowance totalling about N4.9 billion.
The payments which are not part of allowances listed as payable to officers in the Federal Public Service also violated the Public Service rules.
According to the report, the agency paid N1.8 billion to staff as ‘administrative allowances; children education allowances; and domestic allowances’ - all not approved by relevant authorities.
The report also showed that the NHIS was involved in 13 illegal financial dealings totalling N748 million during the period under review.
The illegal financial dealings including the N161 million on International travel ”without any evidence of approval by the Head of Service of the Federation; N20 million to retiring officers to attend pre-retirement workshops outside Nigeria; allocations of several vehicles were illegally allocated to the NHIS executive secretary and his personal aides and allies.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the director-general of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Aliyu Gambo, has warned that there is no cure for HIV/AIDS across the globe.
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Gambo also said being aware of one's HIV status is no longer difficult as Nigerians can now get tested in a matter of a minute by getting a test strip.
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