Nigeria: “We will make NHIS panel report public” Boss Mustapha
London, Dec. 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, (Nigeria), Boss Mustapha, says the federal government intends to make public the report of the Independent Presidential fact-finding Panel on the crisis at the National health Insurance Scheme, NHIS to ensure transparency in government business
While receiving the report on Monday in Abuja, almost five weeks behind schedule, Boss Mustapha said the NHIS was too important to Nigeria to be toyed with. “government regards the Scheme as critical to its promise to Nigerians that they would enjoy qualitative and affordable healthcare”
Boss Mustapha said government also regarded healthcare delivery as a cardinal programme on which huge investments have been committed “because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation”
The SGF said “I receive this report with deep sense of appreciation and I assure you that the report would be expeditiously processed for implementation. I must thank you most sincerely for all the sacrifices made to ensure that this healthcare Scheme which also borders on our security as a nation is made to stand firm on its feet and remain beneficial to all Nigerians.”
SPEECH DELIVERED BY BOSS MUSTAPHA, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION AT THE PRESENTATION OF REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INDEPENDENT FACT-FINDING PANEL ON NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME (PIFFP-NHIS) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION ON MONDAY, 24TH DECEMBER, 2018
I am delighted to receive the Report of the Presidential Independent Fact-Finding Panel on National Health Insurance Scheme (PIFFP-NHIS) from the Chairman and members of the Panel. I am also pleased that this event is being witnessed by gentlemen of the Press and other Stakeholders.
2. It will be recalled that the Federal Government approved the constitution and inauguration of Boards and Governing Councils of its Parastatals in March, 2018. During the inauguration, Government emphasized key areas on the powers and responsibilities of the Boards. Government similarly harped on the essence of good working relationship between the Boards and the Management while ensuring that the day-to-day operations were not interfered with.
3. In order to bring new Board members and their Chief Executives up to speed on current policies and programmes of government as well as legislations guiding ways of conducting Government business, broad-based induction courses were organized. As at date, over 60 Agencies in four
batches, have benefited from such induction courses. The NHIS was in the first batch of the induction course.
4. Despite these efforts, government continued to observe that different scales of schemishes erupted from board rooms into public domain.
5. With particular reference to the situation at NHIS, government regards the Scheme as critical to its promise to Nigerians that they would enjoy qualitative and affordable healthcare. Government also regards healthcare delivery as a cardinal programme on which huge investments have been committed because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
6. Given the foregoing, therefore, Mr. President on the recommendation of my Office approved the constitution of a 7-Member Presidential Independent Fact-Finding Panel headed by a retired Permanent Secretary to look at the immediate and remote causes of the conflict that engulfed the NHIS. The Panel was inaugurated on Friday, 2nd November, 2018 and charged with a 5-point Terms of Reference (TOR) including the responsibility for examining all governance issues challenging the Scheme. The Panel was given 2 weeks to submit its report. However, the assignment had to be extended due to the nature of the work and the need to address core issues on a lasting basis.
7. The Chairman, Members of the Panel, Distinguished Guests, Gentlemen of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of Mr. President, I receive this report with deep sense of appreciation and I assure you that the report would be expeditiously processed for implementation. I must thank you most sincerely for all the sacrifices made to ensure that this healthcare Scheme which also borders on our security as a nation is made to stand firm on its feet and remain beneficial to all Nigerians.
8. Finally, let me assure you that the decision of government on the recommendations of the Panel will be made public at the appropriate time. I also want to assure all Nigerians that this government remains very committed to making life worth living.
9. Thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.