RED ALERT: ONGOING THEFT OF N11.9 BILLION IN NHIS
This is a red alert on an ongoing theft of huge sums of money from public purse via fraudulent request & approval of N11.9 billion from NHIS by the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewale. The Minister’s purpose of requesting the money is to fund his pet project which has no link with the objectives of NHIS. See below:
– Approval of 10billion naira for the revitalization of Primary Health Centers through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
– Approval 1.9 billion to National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) for procurement of antiretroviral drugs.
CATBAN is not unaware of the fact that the total amount of N11.9 billion is way out of the approval limit of the Minister. Yet, he made the request to NHIS and also approved it for himself. Investigation on this theft revealed that out of fear, the Acting Executive Secretary of NHIS, Attahiru Ibrahim constituted a committee to advice Minister on the dangers of using NHIS enrollees fund with the following Members:
Dr Emma Ohuakanwa, GM Formal Sector-Chairman
Dr Jonathan Eke-Member
Mr Adelaja Aberooron-Member
The Committee wrote a report against the plan but the Minister gave the Acting ES pressure and he succumbed to the pressure to add the 11.9 billioin in the 2017 supplementary budget which the Minister has approved. Now that they deal was done, Honorable Minister of Health Prof Adewale has asked Attahiru Ibrahim (Ag. ES) to release the Money to him immediately. The only thing delaying the release of the money from NHIS is a controversy brewing from their personal interest between the Minister and the Acting Executive Secretary on who brings the vendors and consultants and who should do the procurement processes. We hope that this should not lead to a scenario where armed robbers fighting over sharing their loot.
As for the Minister’s side, his vendors are already waiting for the money like hawks.
It is truly sad that NHIS is not investing and its fund is depleting and Minister is committed to collecting the money.
CATBAN IS CALLING ON RELEVANT AUTHORITIES TO SWIFTLY MOVE IN AND SAVE THE SITUATION. THE MINISTER AND ALL PARTIES INVOLVED MUST BE MADE TO FACE THE LAW IMMEDIATELY.
Ibrahim Garba Wala
C A T B A N