25 May 2021 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has queried the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) exorbitant spending on diesel, face masks and hand sanitisers.
The committee raised the concerns at a public hearing organized to monitor revenue generation by Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Abuja.
The lawmakers queried the one hundred and fifty two point four million naira spent on procurement of face masks, hand sanitisers, protective wears and hand gloves during COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 by NHIS.
The committee also questioned the scheme’s expenditure of at least two piont four million naira on diesel on monthly basis for its offices in Abuja.
The Deputy Chairman of the committee, Musa Abdullahi who presided over the public hearing stressed the need for all monies generated to be remitted into the federation account.
Responding, the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Nasri Sambo explained that the agency was a strategic purchasing agency by its mandate.
He added that the agency also provided more items under its social corporate responsibility for some social workers on the frontline during the peak of the pandemic.
The committee also frowned at the absence of some MDAs that failed to appear before it saying it might be forced to summon executive officers who failed to attend the hearing to give account of their stewardship.