The leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, on Monday in Abuja, pleaded with Nigerians for a fresh mandate to ensure the full implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority Act (NHIA).
At a Press Conference at the National Assembly, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central), asked that he and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Tanko Sununu, should be voted into the coming 10th National Assembly.
According to him, they will put in the same passion they deployed in seeing to the passage of the bill and assent by President Buhari, not its strict implementation through effective oversight.
Hear him; “We still have one year to continue to provide service for the citizens of this country. Within that time we will do our best to make sure that the very important bill is implemented.
“As the two of us are seeking reelection, we hope we will be reelected.
Whatever is the outcome, we would definitely make sure that the implementation comes to fruition.
“It is part of the commitment that I’m here today. We are currently in the heat of campaign activities for primaries. I say this is a national assignment and this is service to Nigeria.
“I had to leave my campaign and flew in and I will be flying back to Ilorin, my base to continue with my campaign. “My colleague in the House of Representatives is also busy campaigning for reelection.
“We are very committed to this. We are looking at the 2022 budget of the NHIA to see how we could make some amendments to it to see that the Act is implemented”, he stressed.
He explained further that the Act has provided an opportunity for all Nigerians to have health insurance.
“Every person resident in Nigeria by provisions of this Act, is expected to obtain health insurance and by extension, have access to health care services.
“In achieving this, the Act in section 25, makes provision for vulnerable group funds with clear five sources of funding,” he added.
This is as he complained that the problem of Health Human Resource in Nigeria which he said can only be tackled if health care providers are given special remuneration packages different from the core public service model.