You Deserve Plaudits, CACOL Tells EFCC

Ernest Omoarelojie

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, deserves plaudits for repatriating the sum of 5.4 billion Naira allegedly stolen from the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.
CACOL gave the verdict in a statement released by it’s Director for Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo in Lagos, while pouring encomiums on the anti graft body for a job well done on the recovery.
“There is no doubt that this scheme is crucial to whatever plans and programmes the current government has in assisting Nigerians to overcome their health challenges. It is therefore commendable that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has repatriated N5.4billion out of N12.085billion allegedly stolen from the Scheme. We would like the Commission to continue with the investigations, apprehension and prosecution of those indicted in syphoning that humongous amount of money with a view to recovering the remaining money and serving as deterrent to others,” CACOL’s statement read in part.
The group noted regrettably that the funds a noble initiative like the National Health insurance Scheme, set up to improve the health of all Nigerians at an affordable cost, were hijacked by dubious Nigerians officials to corruptly and deliberately undermine the process.
CACOL is however, happy that the country’s anti corruption agency went after and ensured that those who undermined the scheme are brought to book and money stolen by them is returned.
“It is indeed joyous news to us that The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has repatriated N5.4billion out of N12.085billion allegedly ‘carted away’ by some former officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Executive Secretary of NHIS, Professor Muhammad Nasir Sambo, disclosed this on Thursday when he led the management of the agency on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.
According to CACOL, “There is no doubt that this scheme is crucial to whatever plans and programmes the current government has in assisting Nigerians to overcome their health challenges. It is therefore commendable that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has repatriated N5.4billion out of N12.085billion allegedly stolen from the Scheme. We would like the Commission to continue with the investigations, apprehension and prosecution of those indicted in syphoning that humongous amount of money with a view to recover the remaining money and serve as deterrent to others”.
CACOL however, urged the government to ensure that monies recovered from those who fleeced the scheme are deployed to the purposes for which they are originally meant.
“We hope the money recovered will be judiciously spent and that the current management of the scheme would reform and reposition the scheme in such a way that it will take cognizance of the tripartite arrangement of the scheme by ensuring that ordinary Nigerians, who are the main targets of the scheme, are adequately represented and protected by adopting enough checks that could discourage and nip in the bud, incessant occurrences of corruption within the implementation of this laudable scheme. This must be such that not only would corrupt enrichment by individuals and officials be prevented, but that the reforms and rebranding is such that the majority of Nigerians are captured in the scheme with adequate access to qualitative and affordable health provisions in the country,” CACOL said.

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