Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, has pledged to support President Muhammadu Buhari to make the National Health Insurance, NHI, scheme operational.
This was one of the key decisions taken by the 36-member NGF at the end of their meeting at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.
The forum also stated that it would aggressively support the total eradication of polio in the country, as a follow up to presentation by the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation.
The governors whose meeting late Wednesday lasted into midnight said they would ensure that the one per cent funding provided for in the national budget to accommodate this critical layer of health services to the citizenry.
While it stressed that the governors never received any bail out money from the federal government, the Forum said it would continue to demand from the federal government its legitimate earnings in the federation account.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari said this while reading out the communique of the 36 governor’s meeting.
He also pointed out that the NGF also resolved to work with the President in providing and pursuing policy direction that would evolve and accelerate domestic production for the stability of the economy even as it assured that governors would meet the president to seek lasting solutions to the worsening macro-economic challenges confronting the nation.
According to the NGF Chairman, “Discuss with the President to get lasting solutions to worsening micro economic challenges confronting the nation, especially on foreign exchange stability.
“Work with the President to ensure coherent policy actions that will create a clear policy direction for the country and stimulate domestic production.
“Collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure that the National Health Insurance Act is operational and the one percent funding for primary health care is provided for in the budget.
“Sequel to presentation made by the Country Representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Forum agreed to aggressively support the total eradication of polio in the country.”