From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger State House of Assembly has pledged to support and collaborate with the State Contributory Health Agency and other key stakeholders in the health sector towards improving the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The Niger State Contributory Health Care Agency was established by the state government as part of the health care financing reforms, which operates on the principles of harmony, sharing and pooling of resources for the provision of affordable, accessible and qualitative health care for all residents of the state on sustainable basis.
The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Barr. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, described the scheme as a window to reach out to their various constituency through registering with the scheme for the benefit of their indigent electorates.
He therefore advised the management of the agency which was a creation of the State Assembly in 2018 and assented by the State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello, in January, 2019 not to fall into the pit fall of similar Federal Government Agency which recorded only 6% beneficiaries since its creation 20 years ago, as well as to ensure transparency, accountability and prudent management of resources at its disposal.
Earlier In his remark, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Makusidi commended the unique role of the 8th Assembly that considered and passed the bill that enables the State Government to set up the contributory Health Agency.
He further stated that beneficiaries of the scheme includes formal sector with 2.5% of salary monthly contribution from Civil Servant and informal sector contributors as well as vulnerable population, which the State Government is expected to pay 1% from consolidated fund of the state.
The commissioner solicited for the patronage of the lawmakers and re-assured them of prudent, efficient and effective utilization of resources adding that the administration will also improve the Primary Health Centers, PHCs and other Health facilities to achieve desired results in the state.
The Health Agency’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Usman also reiterated the commitment of the management of the agency to justify the confidence reposed in them by the state government to fully implement the vision and mission of the agency, for the benefit of humanity residents in the state and register with the agency.