Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has expressed his administrations readiness to set up an agency to manage the State health insurance scheme.
The governor made this known when he received Prof. Khama Rogo, Lead Health Specialist and Head of the World Bank Group’s Health in Africa Initiative and his team at the government house in Ilorin on Monday.
While expressing delight that the health insurance law has been passed, Alhaji Ahmed said a strong agency will be setup with adequate personnel provide strong healthcare service delivery and drive health sector funding away from supply end financing.
Alhaji Ahmed assured that government will not only put a strong agency in place but one that will outlive the administration and be sustainably used to develop healthcare services in the State beyond current levels.
He added that the insurance scheme will bring about the right funding into the health sector and not necessarily dependent on the traditional funding window of government businesses.
Governor Ahmed further disclosed that the State government has recognized areas that require infrastructure upscale and has moved to improve on them for a more robust healthcare service delivery.
He promised his administrations readiness to tap into the current potentials that are in the health industry to complement Kwara State healthcare service delivery and make healthcare available to majority of Kwarans under the insurance scheme.
He added that the healthcare scheme is in line with the issuance of the Kwara Resident Identification Number (KRIN) which will improve participation, translate to service delivery and complement government’s effort in terms of infrastructure and availability.
Earlier in his address, Prof. Khama Rogo stressed the importance of health financing adding that the biggest empowerment any government can give to its citizen is health insurance.
He noted that there is a recommitment to the universal health coverage in order to avail quality healthcare to every person on earth.
Prof. Rogo however added that in Africa, the movement is challenging because of the level of development.
He therefore commended the Kwara State government’s effort in piloting health insurance and prepaid care through its Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).
It was excitement galore yesterday August 21st, in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital as the Vicfold Recyclers team received the winner’s certificate for participating in the worldwide –Your project for an interconnected world, organized by Deutschland.de to commemorate the Hamburg G20 summit 2017.
Of the 220 applicants, Vicfold Recyclers entry unanimously convinced the organizers because it fulfilled three major requirements; it tackles a social and environmental issue, promotes sustainable living, and helps to empower women in Nigeria.
Mr Ludwig Jung the First secretary and Head of Press and Public diplomacy at the German foreign mission to Nigeria presented the winner’s certificate to the Founder; Mr Victor Amusa, and Co-founder Mrs Folashade Amusa, at the Material Sorting Hub Ilorin.
The award and presentation ceremony was well attended by mentors and key volunteers in the #CleanUpKwaraProject as well as individuals who are passionate about our planet.
Some of the guests in attendance had inspiring words for the Vicfold Recycler’s team who have set a world record with this milestone achievement.
The Managing director of Integrated Greenfield Nigeria Limited, Mr Kayode Adewuyi, commended the team for raising awareness about the impact of climate change and their determination to protect the environment.
In his appreciation, Mr Victor Amusa, thanked all who have supported the dream and promised to make the German foreign mission and Nigeria proud. He enjoined everyone to live responsibly and play their role in caring for the planet.
Travelers in and outside Kwara state have expressed inconvenience suffered as drivers of the Kwara state transport corporation, popularly known as Kwara Express embarked on an indefinite strike action.
It was gathered that workers of the transport corporation had expressed grievances over certain demands that were not met by management of the transport corporation, Kwara Transport Holdings.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday, State secretary of the workers union, Comrade Saliu Suleiman and chairman, Comrade Gabriel Afolabi, said that the workers embarked on the strike action when the management failed to their demands on August 4, 2017.
The union leaders also said that the management was yet to pay N46 million being balance of outstanding arrears of minimum wage for serving and retired workers out of total N86 million.
The workers, who commended the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for approving the sum of N86 million out of which N40 million was released, urged the governor to release remaining amount of money.
The workers’ spokespersons also said that the transport corporation should release a sum of N9million for the arrears of cooperative society deductions, adding that the management was yet to remit employers contribution to the National Contributory Pension scheme from inception about a year ago.
However, in his reaction to the industrial action by the workers, the group managing director of the Harmony Holdings, Mr Tope Daramola, admitted that the demands of the workers were yet to be met, urging them to show understanding and go back to work.