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NLC Accuses HMO of Embezzling N90m NHIS Funds

Filed in Nursing News by on August 17, 2016

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NLC Accuses HMO of Embezzling N90m NHIS Funds. The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, to ensure investigation of an alleged embezzlement of N90m funds belonging to the scheme by a health management organisation.

The President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, urged Yusuf to involve the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the investigation in order to prosecute those behind the alleges fraud.

Wabba said this while receiving the NHIS boss who led the management team of the scheme to pay him a courtesy visit at the Labour House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The NLC’s President also faulted the idea of committing the NHIS funds to the Treasury Single Account, saying the arrangement should be revisited.

He argued that it would be improper for sick workers, who contributed their 10 per cent medical allowance to the scheme, to be made to write for the release of funds contributed by them.

Wabba stressed that the NHIS fund should not be treated as revenue as it was money contributed by workers.

He said, “We are of the position that the funds should be applied strictly in accordance with the law. The funds is not revenue; it is workers’ money. The idea of committing this fund to the process of TSA should be revisited.

“It would not be proper for sick workers to be made to write for the release of monies contributed by them.

“Community health insurance should be strengthened. A particular HMO misappropriated N90m, the matter is on. It should be referred to the EFCC, to serve as deterrent to others.”

He also called for an extension of the medical coverage of the funds to cancer and other terminal diseases.

Speaking also, the NHIS boss, said that only federal workers were making contributions to the scheme.

By: Fidelis Soriwei, Abuja

The Punch News

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