The new National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary, Prof Usman Yusuf, has promised to reposition NHIS to deliver value to all.
He made the pledge at the two-day management workshop of the scheme.
Yusuf, a professor of Haematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, said: ?My mandate at the Scheme is to design and implement strategies and instruments that will make NHIS a good steward of the nation?s commonwealth. The new process will pointedly have no place for vices and distractions like corruption, inefficiency, impunity and political patronage.?
Yusuf told the staff of the scheme to gear up for change that would lead to the evolution of an efficient, dynamic, purposeful, responsible and purpose-minded organisation that is able to address the expectations of all Nigerians, irrespective of social and economic circumstances.
He, however, said special attention would be accorded the poor and the vulnerable in the informal sector to enable them to access efficient healthcare without financial constraints.
The NHIS boss, a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, pledged to run an inclusive administration, adding that he would be fair and firm to all. He promised the staff that hard work and excellence would be rewarded.
Affirming his intolerance for laziness, gossips, excuses and mediocrity, Yusuf said he would pursue staff welfare and training.
Meanwhile, Yusuf has unveiled a seven-week transition programme. This include presentations from heads of the various departments, meetings with non-management staff of the agency, consultations with leadership and members of trade unions, familiarisation and sensitisation meetings with zonal and state office coordinators of the Scheme, engagements with critical stakeholders of the industry, and a management retreat to assess the Scheme and move it forward.
Also significant in the transition agenda are meetings with committees of the National Assembly with oversight responsibilities for the health sector, as well as partnership building advocacies to media institutions.
In his remarks at a brief hand over at the end of the sessions, the former acting Executive Secretary, Mr. ?Femi Akingbade, assuring the new ES that NHIS remains the hub of the country?s quest for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He said the Scheme can meet the nation?s expectations.
He thanked management and staff of the Scheme for their cooperation in his 15-month tenure, urging support for his successsor.