Again, EFCC recovers N1.4 billion for NHIS

The EFCC says it has recovered an additional N1.4 billion for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). According to a statement from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday, the money is part of funds that some commercial banks have fraudulently refused to transfer to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) since 2015. Uwujaren said the money was delivered to the agency on August 5. NHIS was established in 2004 to provide social health insurance in Nigeria under an arrangement whereby taxpayers’ health care services are paid for from pooled funds contributed by plan participants. In January, the agency partnered with the EFCC to enhance digital transformation regarding health insurance. Recall that on February 10, the commission announced that it had similarly remitted a tranche of N1.5 billion to the scheme. This, the commission said, was preceded by N1. 3 billion also helped the NHIS recover the agency from the banks in September 2021. ‘NHIS’ N12 billion trapped’ NHIS had announced in August 2021 that more than N12 billion belonging to it was stuck in the bank. NHIS Executive Secretary Muhammad Sambo said this during a courtesy visit to EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa on July 29, 2021, according to an EFCC statement. ALSO READ: Nigerian community pharmacists seek inclusion in NHIS Sambo said during the meeting that EFCC had helped the agency recover N5.4 billion thereafter. “In total, the EFCC has been able to recover around N5.4 billion for us out of the N12.085 billion that has been trapped; this is a monumental achievement and that is why we will ensure that we continue to be good partners for the EFCC,” he said. Mr. Sambo praised the EFCC for the recoveries and assured that each recovered kobo will be used judiciously. He also took the opportunity to update the EFCC on reform efforts at the NHIS, which included the recruitment of health professionals to improve the Scheme’s ability to respond to the desire of subscribers and other stakeholders in the sector. In response, EFCC Chairman Mr Bawa, who was represented by Director of Operations Abdulkarim Chukkol, reiterated the commission’s determination to work with the NHIS to achieve universal health coverage. “The EFCC has no choice but to work with you to make it successful. We will always make sure that the research we are doing is followed; we are happy that it is paying off and that any money or funds that are recovered are being put to good use. So we will not give up our efforts so that each and every kobo that is lost is recovered for the benefit of the country,” he said. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Again, EFCC recovers N1.4 billion for NHIS