N6b faraway from NHIS account, says CEO
By Moses Emorinken, Abuja
The Government Secretary / Director Common of the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Scheme (NHIS), Professor Mohammed Sambo, sounded the alarm over the weekend over the withdrawal of 6 billion naira from the scheme through the covid-19 pandemic with out warning .
However, he didn’t elaborate on the matter.
He stated that as a result of inefficiency of previous administrations, the system had misplaced a lot of its funds. Particularly, about 11 billion naira of his cash was inadvertently transferred to the Federation’s account in 2014. He has been monitoring the restoration of the fund ever since.
As well as, round 10 billion naira was misplaced in one in every of his financial institution accounts, which the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) helps to recuperate.
He stated this system was on the lookout for funds to spend money on strategic investments similar to constructing state and zone workplaces, as an alternative of paying an enormous hire price.
Sambo, talking at a media engagement organized by NHIS for well being journalists in Kaduna, added that this system has saved the federal government 6 billion naira by deploying the e-NHIS platform, which is able to enable seamless registration and registration of Nigerians.
He stated: “The NHIS has 38 workplaces. Lagos is split into two states in a single. For all of the discussions which have taken place that NHIS has some huge cash, virtually all of those workplaces are rental. You’re the CEO of NHIS and also you simply signal a hire. It isn’t strategic.
“NHIS has misplaced a big portion of its funds largely as a result of its ineffectiveness. For instance, about N11 billion of NHIS funds in a checking account have been to be transferred to NHIS through the transition to TSA, however this cash was inadvertently despatched to the Federation account. Since 2014, we now have been on the lookout for this cash. I’ve seen the Minister of Finance and the Accountant Common, and there is quite a lot of discuss happening about tips on how to get the cash again, and I suppose there will likely be mild on the finish of the tunnel.
“When there was COVID, N6 billion NHIS cash was taken with out discover. So I’m looking all these assets, and we now have agreed on the administration stage that the proportion of those sums recovered will likely be put into strategic funding. By strategic funding I imply it is advisable have your personal state stage workplace in order that over time the price of these rents can come down.
“If we make investments the cash we use for leasing over time, NHIS is not going to solely be robust in its features, however may also be robust within the asset base. For those who shut down NHIS now, apart from the pinnacle workplace, it has nothing. “
He added: “We’re deploying the e-NHIS. This e-NHIS has been on the NHIS drafting board for a really very long time with out success. After we arrived, in a 12 months and some months, we have been in a position to do it. By way of a government-to-government partnership, we have been ready to save cash to deploy the e-NHIS, and we saved the federal government 6 billion naira in its improvement.
“We hope that by the top of this 12 months the NHIS course of will likely be absolutely automated. Because of this from the consolation of your room, you should use your cellphone and enter NHIS to register. You’ll be able to select the supplier, HMO, and so on.
“We now have launched financing improvements such because the Particular person and Household Collective Social Well being Insurance coverage Program (GIFSHIP). This system will present protection for folks contained in the nation and even outdoors the nation who can enter the NHIS. This program, when absolutely launched, even members of the diaspora can subscribe to it and pay a premium on behalf of their inhabitants members locally.
“We’re engaged on a catastrophic most cancers well being fund as a result of the cash we now have amassed in medical health insurance can’t cowl continual illness. There’s a want for particular funds, which we’re working to develop with sure companions. We need to combine the NYSC into medical health insurance. We need to cowl seniors. For this, the Minister of Well being has arrange a committee to work on how retirees will likely be coated by the SNIS.