ABEOKUTA – The Presidential Independent Fact-Finding Panel on National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has submitted it’s report to the Federal government.

Receoving the reports on Monday in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha said that the government’s decision and recommendations of the panel would be made public at the appropriate time.

He said that NHIS was critical in enabling government deliver on its promise of qualitative and affordable health care to Nigerians.

“I am delighted to receive the report of the panel on NHIS from the Chairman and members who were assigned to look at the immediate and remote causes of the conflict that engulfed the NHIS.

“The panel was earlier given two weeks to submit its report; it was, however, extended due to the nature of the work and the need to address core issues.

“I receive this report with deep sense of appreciation and I assure you that the report would be expeditiously processed for implementation,’’ he said.

Chairman of the Panel, Dr Bukar Hassan, said the report contained a set of recommendations that could be considered for short, medium and long term implementation.

Hassan called for urgent attention to the key recommendations.

“In the course of the work, the panel had to interface with stakeholders including the Minister of Health, the Permanent Secretary, Chairman of Governing council, Unions, the National Assembly, among others.

“It is our belief and aspiration that our recommendations will reposition the scheme and proffer solutions to the challenges that have hindered the scheme in achieving its laudable objectives,’’ he said.

The seven-member panel was inaugurated in November to investigate the conflict that engulfed the NHIS and led to the suspension of its Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf.

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