The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) said it discovered 23,000 ghost enrolee from some Federal Government agencies using Information Technology.
Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof Usman Yusuf, made this disclosure during the official presentation of ISO-IEC 20000 certificate to Galaxy Backbone [GBB] by the deputy British High Commission, Harriet Thompson in Abuja.
He explained that NHIS under his leadership was able to set up ICT to plug leakages in the disbursement of NHIS funds to Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs).
Through that technique, Yusuf said NHIS discovered 23,000 ghost enrolees in HMOs.
He said, “We have been able to save millions of naira for the Federal Government and this is why the HMOs are after me.”
Giving a breakdown of the amount of money government was losing, NHIS General Manager, Media and Public Relations, Abba Zayyan, explained that each enrolee is entitled to N1, 000 per month, the amount according to him, covers the capitation fee and the fee for services.
He said, “If you multiply N1, 000 by 23,000, you will have N23million per month, if you multiply to a quarter, that is three by N23million, you will have about N69million or roughly N70million.
“There are four quarters in a year, if you multiply N69million by four you have nothing less than N270million per annum, and if you multiply based on the number of years the padding started, let’s say since the scheme started, that is 11 years ago, you are going to have close to N3billion.
“But the relevant department is still computing the actual years when the padding started, as soon as they finish we would be able to come up with the actual figure, because we just discovered these ghost enrolees”, he stated.