Nigeria Reps query NHIS over N152m spent on facemasks, hand sanitisers, others

The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has queried the spending of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on diesel, facemasks and hand sanitisers.

The committee raised the concerns at a public hearing on monitoring revenue generation by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Abuja, on Monday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) a member of the committee said documents available showed that N2.09 million was spent on purchase of toners, questioning the rationale. Ossai also queried the N152.4 million spent on procurement of facemasks, hand sanitisers, protective wears and hand gloves during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 by NHIS. He also questioned the scheme’s expenditure of at least N2.4 million on diesel on a monthly basis for its head office in Utako, Abuja and an office annex in Wuse 11, Abuja.

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