Lawmaker move motion to prevent NHIS from..

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, resolved to investigate alleged illegal withdrawal of N10 billion from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Fund. This was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Chike Okafor (Imo-APC) at plenary.

Moving the motion earlier, Okafor had said that National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was established to ensure that every Nigerian had access to good health care services and to protect families from financial hardship of medical bills.

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According to him, for the purpose of carrying out the mandate, a Fund made up of five per cent contribution by each insured person is maintained with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Okafor explained that the withdrawal of monies from such designated accounts under the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by any government agency was based on request of the Chief Accounting Officer of the Agency.

“I move a motion on the urgent need to prevent the NHIS from degenerating into a theatre of war rather than a theatre of health.”

“A recent oversight inspection of the scheme by the Committee on Healthcare Services revealed that two suspicious withdrawals of N5 billion each, totalling N10 billion, were made from the ‘Insured Persons’ Funds account”.

“The House knows that the suspended Executive Secretary disputed the authority of the council to suspend him and on Monday the 22nd of October, violently broke into the Abuja Head Office of the scheme aided by over 50 heavily guard police overpowered the security men at the gate, as well as staff at the premises including women, were indiscriminating  teargassed and manhandled.”

“This very critical sector on which the universal health delivery is hinged is far from being a theatre of health but has degenerated into being a theatre of war with so many scandals in recent times.”

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