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Edo partners NIFOR on capacity building, inaugurates committee on Health Insurance Scheme


Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR)

Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki yesterday said his administration would partner with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) to boost palm crops production in Edo State.

The governor stated this disclosure in Benin City when he received the management team of the institute, which paid him a courtesy visit in Government House where he commended the institute for its commitment and support in ensuring that palm crops production receives a boost in the state, noted that the institute has transformed the agriculture sector.

“We want oil palm to be our own crude oil and therefore, we will partner and work closely with you”. Obaseki said the state would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the institute to harness its expertise and leverage on its location in the state despite its status as a federal government agency.

In his remarks, the Acting Executive Director of NIFOR, Dr. Napoleon Aisueni said the institute was prepared to carry out its mandate of ensuring adequate research in the production of oil, coconut, raffia and rate palms and sustain its status as an international center of excellence in crop production, processing and improved technological know-how.

In another development, Governor Godwin Obaseki has inaugurated a committee to design the framework for a world class health insurance scheme (Edo Health Insurance Scheme) that will be the pride of Edo people and the African continent.

The committee with members drawn from a wide spectrum of the society is headed by Professor Danesi Mustapha, a consultant for the World Health Organization.

Obaseki said the inauguration of the committee was crucial to the desired reform in the state health sector and added that one of the critical elements of his administration is to ensure universal coverage for the scheme.

“As an administration, we are determined to establish our own health insurance scheme because of its benefits. We hope that the health mechanism we will put in place will address the healthcare challenges of our people. They must be encouraged to invest more in the system as it will raise the standard of healthcare in the state,” Obaseki said.

Responding, the chairman of the committee Prof. Danesi Mustapha thanked the governor for the opportunity given to them to serve and promised that the committee would put in their best to deliver the assigned task to the best of their abilities.

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