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How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Islie: 2:03pm On Jan 14
The staff and management of Nigeria’s Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) between 2016 and 2017 helped themselves with several ‘irregular’ and unapproved allowances totalling N6.8 billion, a recently released audit report has revealed.

These infractions were recorded during the reign of Usman Yusuf, the controversially sacked NHIS Executive Secretary, according to the 2017 Annual Audit from the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF).

The report adds a new layer to the barrage of allegations of fraudulent activities that tainted Mr Yusuf’s trenure.

ILLEGAL ALLOWANCES

The 2017 report, which is the latest by the auditor-general, listed several irregular allowances within the period under review.

They include Upfront Allowance; Upfront differential Allowance; 13th Month Salary Allowance; Pre-retirement Overseas Training Allowance; and Sitting Allowance.

The above payments totalling N4.9 billion violated Public Service Rule 130102, as they are not part of the allowances listed as payable to officers in the Federal Public Service, the report found.

The OAGF submission revealed that these allowances were paid without providing approvals of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, contravening the act of the commission.

The report said differential payment is “illegal and alien” to the public service.

Another N1.8 billion was paid to staff as ‘administrative allowances; Children Education Allowances; and domestic allowances’.

These payments were not approved by the relevant authorities, contravening 2004 circular which states that “all self-funded federal Parastatals and Agencies which wish to monetise their fringe benefits should always submit the proposal package to the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission for necessary evaluation and approval before implementation”.

SHOCKING SLEAZE?

Besides irregular payments to staff, the report said the federal health insurance office engaged in at least another 13 illegal financial dealings amounting to N748 million during the period under review.

The scheme spent a total of ₦355 million on capital projects which were not appropriated for in 2016 and 2017 Capital Appropriation Act – a practice “contrary to Financial Regulations 417”, a further breakdown of the document revealed.

According to the report, NHIS also spent ₦161 million on International travels ”without any evidence of approval by the Head of Service of the Federation.”

Similarly, ₦20 million was paid to retiring officers to attend pre-retirement workshops outside Nigeria.

The report said further examinations revealed ”there was no letter of invitation/admission or certificates of attendance from the various institutions where the conferences and training were held.”

Also, there were no air tickets and visas attached to prove that the officers embarked on the training.

The NHIS was equally accused of paying N72 million and N31. million respectively for the verification and accreditation of Health Maintenance Organizations without any form of evidence to confirm if the verification and accreditation exercises took place.

The report observed that several vehicles were illegally allocated to the Executive Secretary, ”his personal aides and allies”.

The AOGF highlighted several extant regulations contravened by the aforementioned irregular financial dealings. It recommended a total refund in most cases.

AGENCY STEEPED IN FRAUD

The 2017 OAGF report has shed more light into several accusations of fraud that characterised Mr Yusuf’s reign at the NHIS.

In his three-year stint (2016 to 2019), the controversial official was sent on suspension twice within a year; accused of fraud, gross misconduct, insubordination and continuous infighting with staff and management of the scheme.

In November 2018, the governing board of NHIS raised an alarm that the agency was near a “tipping point” and may collapse within the next three years.

Reached by phone on Monday, Mr Yusuf dismissed a PREMIUM TIMES reporter and the audit report using expletives.

But even before Mr Yusuf, monumental fraud, opacity and impunity had become standard practice at the NHIS, a PREMIUM TIMES 2018 report revealed.

The 2016 annual report from the OAGF revealed that billions of naira were unaccounted for by the management of the NHIS in the previous seven years.

The NHIS, which was meant to reduce out-of-pocket spending on health, has remained stuck due to fraud and controversies as indicated in the OAGF report. It has also faced technical, legal and administrative challenges.

A decade-and-a-half after its inception, the NHIS covers only about five per cent of the Nigerian population, mostly civil servants. While millions of Nigerians remain uncovered, the few enrolled under the scheme complain of poor service delivery.

Reformer on board?

As at press time, Ayo Osinlu, the NHIS spokesperson, had not returned nor responded to calls and text messages seeking clarification from the scheme over the new findings.

Meanwhile, the scheme appears to be moving on from its dark days.

After the axe fell on Mr Yusuf last June, Mohammed Sambo who was appointed as his replacement, has been taking steps to get the scheme back on track.

In his maiden interaction with staff and management of the NHIS, the new Executive Secretary revealed his three-point agenda for the scheme.

They include ”restoring value system that will transform NHIS into a credible result-driven organisation”, he said.

This he said, would resolve the crisis and restore public confidence in the scheme.

Mr Sambo, a professor of Health Policy and Management, has also been engaging with several stakeholders in the scheme.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/372439-how-nhis-squandered-over-n6-8-billion-on-illegal-allowances-audit-report.html

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Racoon(m): 2:21pm On Jan 14
These infractions were recorded during the reign of Usman Yusuf, the controversially sacked NHIS Executive Secretary, according to the 2017 Annual Audit from the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (OAGF).

Nepotism is the worst form of corruption. It is the mother of all corruption. That was probably why the framers of our constitution stood firmly against it, by enshrining the most-maligned Federal Character provisions at both Federal and State levels. By the time we lift the lid off the other federal agencies populated by the President’s kinsmen, townsmen and clansmen; more stench is likely to come out.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/nepotism-mother-corruption/amp/

This Prof.is a kinsman of "Mr.Integrity" cum anti-corruption fighter who the then Minister of Health (Prof.Isaac Adewole) set up a panel twice that indicted him of corruption on both occasion.

However, Buhari continued to make a volte face on his alleged integrity by reinstating the man without any further probe or investigation in his selective anti-corruption fight.

When the public outcry becomes so much he simply sent the prof.on an illegal "administration leave" after which the case have died a natural death.Prof.Yusuf will never be investigated by the EFCC.So much moral burden for a ruler.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by opportunes: 2:26pm On Jan 14
Corruption is a motto of Nigeria

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by seunmsg(m): 2:41pm On Jan 14
Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s annual report is not treated with the seriousness that it deserves. The public account committees of the senate and house of reps will simply invite the heads of the indicted MDAS, collect huge bribes from them and throw the audit observations into the trash can.

The effort to fight corruption cannot be successful until audit reports are acted upon swiftly and indicted MDAS sanctioned.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Racoon(m): 2:51pm On Jan 14
seunmsg:
Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s annual report is not treated with the seriousness that it deserves. The public account committees of the senate and house of reps will simply invite the heads of the indicted MDAS, collect huge bribes from them and throw the audit observations into the trash can.

The effort to fight corruption cannot be successful until audit reports are acted upon swiftly and indicted MDAS sanctioned.
"...On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration...."
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/chatham-house-buharis-speech-on-nigerias-transition/amp/

Why not ask the president to be decisive in dealing with all the corrupt aides around him? Instead he always choose to be selective about the corruption he fights simply he himself is not morally different.

Why asking the already known corrupt NASS to do the work for him? After all he appointed these MDAs heads,sec, etc via the office of the SGF.Satan punish any zombies that talk about fighting corruption under this corruption encaste government.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by ZombieTERROR: 2:54pm On Jan 14
opportunes:
Corruption is a motto of Nigeria

Under Buhari

Corruption everywhere

Insecurity everywhere

Hanan Buhari is cruising around the country with the presidential jet on tax payers account

Yet zombies are chanting sai barber

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by ZombieTERROR: 2:55pm On Jan 14
Racoon:
Why not ask the president to be decisive on dealing with all his corrupt aides around him? Instead he always choose to be selective about the corruption he fights simply he himself is not morally different.
.

How can the head of corruption fight his minions

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by seunmsg(m): 3:08pm On Jan 14
Racoon:
Why not ask the president to be decisive on dealing with all his corrupt aides around him? Instead he always choose to be selective about the corruption he fights simply he himself is not morally different.

Why asking the already known corrupt NASS to do the work him? After all he appointed these MDAs heads,sec, etc via the office of the SGF.Satan punish any zombies that talk about fighting corruption under this corruption encaste government.

You’re just an ignorant attention seeker. Instead of always attacking people’s post just to get cheap likes get yourself properly educated on how various organs of government operates.

For the avoidance of doubt, the public accounts committees of the NASS are saddled with the constitutional responsibility of acting on the Auditor-Generals report. You can check section 85 (5) if still in doubt. The Auditor-General doesn’t even report to the president.

As citizens, we should be asking our elected representative in NASS to discharge their constitutional duties and not seeking for ways to absolve them of their duties only to heap the blame of their failures on the president. The president cannot do the work of the legislators for them.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Racoon(m): 3:20pm On Jan 14
seunmsg:
...........For the avoidance of doubt, the public accounts committees of the NASS are saddled with the constitutional responsibility of acting on the Auditor-Generals report. You can check section 85 (5) if still in doubt.The Auditor-General doesn’t even report to the president.

As citizens, we should be asking our elected representative in NASS to discharge their constitutional duties and not seeking for ways to absolve them only to heap the blame of their failures on the president. The president cannot do the work of the legislators for them.
So you want to shift the blame from him as usual. The President is the head.If anything goes wrong he takes the blame.He has been shouting "I will pwightin kwarrapton" up and down like a rabid dog but multiple corruption scandal have bedevilled his corruption ridden regime (including this one involving his kinsman) because he himself is morally corrupt.

The president fuming about the "budget padding" scandal gave him away as a hypocritical fella.After all the threat of dealing with the all APC-NASS lower house members that were involved in the said saga,he simply played along while Abdul Jibril that made the exposure was under threat for more than a year that he fled to London.

Buhari simply called him to "cooperate" and the case died down.Well being a well known hypocrite on this forum, your double standard is not new.Your attentions is also needed here-

https://www.nairaland.com/5626366/asset-declaration-isnt-public-whats#85713557

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by okeyumez(m): 3:25pm On Jan 14
criminals everywhere
Nigerians are the problem of Nigeria
Both the leaders and followers are criminals
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by encryptjay(m): 3:26pm On Jan 14
SMH
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Lovelies1: 3:27pm On Jan 14
Check my profile

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by PlugBlogng: 3:27pm On Jan 14
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by GOFRONT(m): 3:27pm On Jan 14
N6.8B......See figures..

Bogous figures we hear everyday......Yet we are world's poverty Capital....
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Slawormir: 3:27pm On Jan 14
Damnnnnn niggarrr

Too bad
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by funmisticqueen2: 3:28pm On Jan 14
Is there anything new,

We all know NHIS is a scam.

If you know you know

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by sweetonugbu: 3:29pm On Jan 14
Ok
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Racoon(m): 3:29pm On Jan 14
seunmsg:

Trash! I’m done with you as far as this thread is concerned. I can’t be wasting my time reading childish and incoherent arguments.
Trash you said? This is what happens when you have no answer for your hypocrisy.I'm ready for you lots because I'm not a zombie and will never be one.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by livebyday(m): 3:30pm On Jan 14
Nigeria is done
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by livebyday(m): 3:30pm On Jan 14
Racoon:
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[color=#990000]Nepotism is the worst form of corruption. It is the mother of all corruption. That was probably why the framers of our constitution stood firmly against it, by enshrining the most-maligned Federal Character provisions at both Federal and State levels. By the time we lift the lid off the other federal agencies populated by the President’s kinsmen, townsmen and clansmen; more stench is likely to come out.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/nepotism-mother-corruption/amp/

This Prof.is a kinsman of "Mr.Integrity" cum anti-corruption fighter who the then Minister of Health (Prof.Isaac Adewole) set up a panel twice that indicted him of corruption on both occasion.

However, Buhari continued to make a volte face on his alleged integrity by reinstating the man without any further probe or investigation in his selective anti-corruption fight.

When the public outcry becomes so much he simply sent the prof.on an illegal "administration leave" after which the case have died a natural death.Prof.Yusuf will never be investigated by the EFCC.So much moral burden for a ruler.

Best comment here by miles

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by ABCthings: 3:30pm On Jan 14
There was a jungle
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by infini771: 3:30pm On Jan 14
Thieves! Nigeria have got what she needs to succeed as a people and nothing for our greed. The little resources, if properly managed can be a mustard seed for us. I will not believe Nigeria is a poor country.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by freeze001(f): 3:31pm On Jan 14
Now you are calling NASS, not the all efficient EFCC with incorruptible Magu that supposedly takes orders from no one and independently carries out his job! After hailing Buhari and his vicious attack dogs mainly set after opposition party members and perceived enemies, you are now harassing the NASS that has pledged to remain deep in Buhari's pocket so that what will happen?
seunmsg:
Unfortunately, the Auditor General’s annual report is not treated with the seriousness that it deserves. The public account committees of the senate and house of reps will simply invite the heads of the indicted MDAS, collect huge bribes from them and throw the audit observations into the trash can.

The effort to fight corruption cannot be successful until audit reports are acted upon swiftly and indicted MDAS sanctioned.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by TooMuchStuff: 3:31pm On Jan 14
embarassed
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by Tonyspecial(m): 3:32pm On Jan 14
naija
Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by freeze001(f): 3:32pm On Jan 14
Who appoints the Heads of agencies and who reinstated him (Yusuf, former NHIS boss) after his first suspension? You mean the Executive exercises no oversight over its agencies and parastatals? Make una take am easy with all these fake 419 gist na! What happened to the former NIA and DSS bosses? Did NASS have to deal with them?
seunmsg:


You’re just an ignorant attention seeker. Instead of always attacking people’s post just to get cheap likes get yourself properly educated on how various organs of government operates.

For the avoidance of doubt, the public accounts committees of the NASS are saddled with the constitutional responsibility of acting on the Auditor-Generals report. You can check section 85 (5) if still in doubt. The Auditor-General doesn’t even report to the president.

As citizens, we should be asking our elected representative in NASS to discharge their constitutional duties and not seeking for ways to absolve them of their duties only to heap the blame of their failures on the president. The president cannot do the work of the legislators for them.

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Re: How NHIS Squandered Over N6.8 Billion On Illegal Allowances – Audit Report by itsme01: 3:33pm On Jan 14


Government shouldnt handle Insurance or Pension... thats common sense


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