The Niger state house of Assembly on the 11th of December held a public hearing for a bill to adapt the contributory health scheme and other matters therewith. The public hearing which had the first Lady Dr. Amina Abubakar bello in attendance, the commissioner for health, and other stakeholders in the state.
The first lady said she was passionate about the bill, and if approved will help nigerlites access affordable and equal health care services. And also prevent families from unnecessary spendings and to enjoy unlimited health care without hindrances.
The commissioner for health said workers are expected to contribute 2.5 percent of their salaries while the state government would match the contribution with 2.6 percent to generate the pool of resources needed to cater for the formal sector. says in summary, the sum of 3.2 billion is the initial investment needed annually to fund the scheme. and government is prepared to contribute the lion share of 1.8 billion. while workers will collectively put in the balance of 1.3 billion.
A representative from the office of the head of service said it supports the contributory health scheme as it will help civil servants access quality health care.
The chairman of T.U.C and also the vice chairman of N.L.C yunusa tenimu stressed that the public should be sensitized especially its members as most of them aren’t aware of it.
He also suggested for the state government to bear the cost of burden for a year to enable others to know the importance. Saying that the project should be voluntary (optional) for the people to choose whether they want to belong to the scheme or not.
The speaker honorable marafa Ahmed guni says the committee will have another interface with the labour and trade union to reach an agreement.