TUC supports NHIS for workers
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has pledged to support the present administration of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to ensure proper care of employees at workplace.
Speaking recently in Lagos, the President of TUC, Comarde Bobboi Kaıgama, said the union would give the scheme the right backup and support as long as they keep to all the promises made to all Nigerians including the workers for effective and proper care.
He noted that “In time past, many Nigerians and workers have lamented about poor care by NHIS, which caused the union and the scheme to go to court, but we hope this new partnerships should be able to address the challenges.”
He then appealed to the newly appointed chairman of NHIS, to address the faults made by the past regime, using the money that was made by the scheme to build primary health centres that was supposed to be built by local governments, instead of investing the money in the economy.
He also added, “workers who are senior staffers were demoted by the newly recruited workers to head them in office, which should not be, we therefore urge as union that you should do proper investigation and make necessary ratification where needed. If these are not put in place, there is no doubt we will pull back our promises of support.”
He said the TUC will not forget to remind the Scheme of its N90 million, which was taken over by Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), which should be revisited and investigated so as to return it back to the union.
Also speaking at a courtesy visit to TUC office, the Executive Secretary of NHIS Professor Usman Yusuf, pledged to make the Scheme more enjoyable to the users than ever before.
He said: “plans have been put in place to operate it better than it was before because the money we are in charge is not our money, rather it is the workers money for which we must be able to give proper account.
“We have spoken and met with several health providers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, and many other professional unions in order for us to be a good custodian of their resources.”
Yusuf Usman stated that his administration would be a listening one, transparent, and ready to accept every advice to move the Scheme forward rather than looking at the wrongs done in the past.
He called for support from the union to move the NHIS forward and be able to clear the mistakes of the past.