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Health Insurance Cover Below 20% In Nigeria – Okowa

Posted: Jul 7, 2015 at 7:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi, Asaba

DELTA State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has lamented that the number of Nigerians covered by Health Insurance is still below 20 per cent owing to the snail speed passage of the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill by National Assembly.

Okowa spoke on Monday evening when the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara led some members of the House to pay him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Asaba.

He challenged the National Assembly to speedily pass the Petroleum Industry and the National Health Insurance Scheme Bills because of the importance of such bills to the development of Nigeria.

He said the passage of the NHIS bill was very important as it would affect the generality of Nigerians and that the NHIS bill deserved speedy attention because the NHIS Act of 2004 was not all-inclusive.

The governor decried a situation where “if we truly want to touch the lives of the poor, it is to touch their health and education; once we get it right, you have truly touched them.”

“I want to thank you for bringing the PIB bill to the fore; it is my prayer that we can speedily pass the bill in both houses and it gets a quick assent from the President because, non-passage of this bill has set the country backward, I pray that it is passed early in the life of this Assembly,” he said.

Okowa then called for synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency to check insurgency.

He decried the magnitude of damage caused in the country as a result of insurgency, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari required the support of all Nigerians, especially, the National Assembly to tackle the menace.

While congratulating Dogara for his successful emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor expressed confidence in the ability of the Speaker to lead a vibrant and robust Assembly.

Dogara who said he was in Asaba to commission a project executed by the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, described Governor Okowa as a man who knew what he wants for his people, noting that while some Governors were still contemplating on what to do about governance, Governor Okowa “has hit the ground running.”

“I am quite impressed with the quality of personalities you have as Commissioners,” he said, and thanked the Governor for his support during the race for the Speakership.