23,000 ghost enrolees removed from NHIS

A Hospital ward used to illustrate the story

About 23,000 ghost enrolees have been removed from the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, the scheme said on Tuesday.

The removal of the enrolees, who have been enjoying the benefits of the insurance scheme, created disagreement between the NHIS and other health management organisations.

The Executive Secretary, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, made this known in Abuja at the award of ISO/IEC 20000 standard certification to Galaxy Backbone Plc.

The NHIS boss said he worked in collaboration with three other government agencies to remove ghost enrolees who had been enjoying the benefits of the insurance scheme illegally.

He listed the agencies as Galaxy Backbone Plc, Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited and the National Identity Management Commission.

Mr. Yusuf, however, said the exercise has brought a friction between the NHIS and Health Management Organisations in the country.

The NHIS boss said, “I have a crack ICT team and the members have worked with Galaxy Backbone, the NIMC and NigComSat to remove the ghost enrolees.

“For this, the HMOs are fighting me, but we have to make sure that the right people get the money.”

On his part, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson, said Information Technology had a critical role to play in the delivery of government services to the citizens.

In his contribution, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, urged ICT professionals to deploy the use of technology to tackle poverty and youth unemployment.

He noted that youth unemployment, if not addressed, was a time bomb waiting to explode.

Mr. Dalung also challenged ICT experts to come up with innovations that would take Nigeria out of recession.

The ISO 20000, an international standard, helps organisations to demonstrate excellence and best practices in IT service management.

The standard ensures that companies can achieve evidence-based benchmarks to continuously improve their delivery of IT services, towards the growth of the society.


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  • Cincinnatus

    Games. No wonder the HMOs are trying to discredit the NHIS boss, Yusuf, with the help of that corrupt senate. Corruption is killing healthcare in Nigeria. These HMOs have to be held accountable.

  • Man_Enough

    so what happens to the monies they have been collecting illegally and the crime of fraud and forgery. won’t there be any prosecution?

  • share Idea

    Here is how Buhari employees reason…

    “In his contribution, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, urged ICT professionals to deploy the use of technology to tackle poverty and youth unemployment.” A government that claimed Body Language and strongman mentality is the solution to Nigeria is looking up to ICT for help. Nigeria we hail thee

    • El Patron

      And your point is?

  • mararaba

    Buhari’s stype of justice – no consequence whatsoever for stealing money. As long as government can recover a little, you are free to go enjoy the rest of your loot. Ghost employees, ghost everything are removed but no attempt to find out who created the ghosts. No consequence also for being boko haram member. No consequence for participating in Panama offshore scheme, and no consequence for a government employee to own houses in Dubai. Above all, no consequence for a president to seek medical treatment abroad.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Everything Nigeria, produces fake and artificial along with looting,stealing and embezzlement.Look at the 40,000 fake civil servants,that were detected by the finance minister,Mrs Kemi Adeosun, in our national monthly, pay-roll.Look at the YouWin-program that was designed to assist unemployed graduates, to obtain require training and capital funds to set-up their own businesses and be self employed which was used by some Nigerians, to enriched themselves and families.When would Nigerians stop desisting from corruption crimes?

  • SamPsalm

    If you have the number, you should have the names and identity of the where the ghost money goes. So, why rant? Why not initiate prosecution?