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Health Minister, ex-NHIS boss fingered in N1.3bn scam

OBAJI ABUNG-AKPET

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and former acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Femi Akingbade have been accused of misappropriating NHIS fund to the tune of N1,298,149,965 million.

In a petition by Concern Enrollees Network of Nigeria dated May 16, 2017, signed by Mr. Muhammad Bello, made available to Daily Champion and sent to the chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Akingbade, while in office, with the alleged backing of the Health Minister  was accused of  siphoning N100million to purchase two range rover jeeps and paid N70.2 million for Adewole’s foreign trip.

Akingbade was further alleged to have purchased five bedroom flats in Asokoro area of Abuja for N400million for the Minister and expended N10million on allowance on a shady committee they created for a single sitting.

Also he has accused of spending N2.4million to fuel a private jet during a trip from Abuja to Sokoto on March 9, 2016 for a national health meeting and allegedly tempered with numbers of those who enrolled in the NHIS inflating the figures and thereby diverting N1, 241,720,154.

Furthermore, the Minister is also accused of bribery of some NHIS staff union members to the tune of N2.8million to cover up corruption and to wage petitions against Prof. Usman Yusuf, a senior staff of the health ministry said to have blew the whistle at the alleged massive frauds in NHIS.

The petition reads in part, “The former acting Executive Secretary, Mr. Akingbade paid 50percent of fee for service to Health and Managed Care Association (HMCAN) in second quarters as arrears of fee for service from the year 2012 to 2015 with connivance to siphon NHIS funds. Also, HMCAN directed all their members to pay N9, 091,308.00,” which Akingbade diverted to himself.

Meanwhile, Adewole has also been accused of other reckless spending of NHIS funds and not forthcoming in prosecuting staff of NHIS found accused of siphoning monies from the scheme’s scoffers.

The Concern Enrollees Network of Nigeria, a group waging crusade against corruption in the country, however requested that the EFCC and ICPC to prosecute the Health Minister, former acting Executive Secretary of NHIS and NHIS union leaders judiciously.

As at press time, all calls to Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman were not taken neither did he reply text messages sent to his telephone by our correspondent for comments on the issue.

 

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