Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambwal has disclosed that his administration has conluded plans to introduce the state’s version of the National Health insurance Sheme (NHIS) to enable citizens of the state to enjoy healthcare services.
But the governor said that until its formal introduction, wide consultations on the position of Islam on health insurance would be undertaken with religious scholars and legal experts.
Tambuwal made this known at the weekend when he received in audience, the officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Sokoto.
He said the consultations became necessary so as to mobilise all stakeholders, and the people of the state, in order to ensure the success of the project.
The governor disclosed that some aspects of the state’s laws would have to be amended to accommodate the scheme.
He commended the NHIS for introducing the programme in the state pointing out that it would bring healthcare services closer to the people.
To that end, Tambuwal pledged to allocate a plot of land in Sokoto town to the NHIS for the building of its model office as requested.
Earlier, the NHIS acting executive secretary, Mr Olufemi Akingabade, said they were in the state to intimate the governor on some of their plans and seek government’s support in that direction.