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How ex-officials of Well being Ministry carted away 9 assorted autos ― Senate

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

By Henry Umoru – Abuja

The Senate has found that 9 assorted autos belonging to the Ministry of Well being have been taken away by some former officers of as they have been leaving the service of the ministry.

The higher chamber of the Nationwide Meeting (NASS) additionally uncovered how the officers of the Ministry mismanaged N559 million generated from gross sales of 681,487 models of Worldwide Certificates of vaccination (Yellow Card)  to the general public

The Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP, Edo South led Senate Committee on Public Accounts is elevating the alarm of how the Ministry spent such amount of cash

The Committee is counting on the question raised by the Workplace of the Auditor Normal of the Federation within the 2015 report and introduced earlier than it for probe and subsequent presentation to the Senate at Plenary.

The question learn,  “It was noticed from the information gathered from the State Centres of the Port Well being Companies Unit of the Ministry {that a} whole sum of N559 million was generated from the gross sales of 681,427 models of Worldwide Certificates of Vaccination (Yellow Playing cards) to the general public between August, 2013 and March, 2015.

“Nonetheless, the Ministry did not remit the statutory 25% of the quantity totalling N139,768,750.00 to the Consolidated.

“A automobile survey performed by my officers revealed that 9 assorted motor autos belonging to the Federal Ministry of Well being have been taken away by some former officers of the Ministry once they left the service of the Ministry.

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“Two autos have been taken away by two Everlasting Secretaries who are actually serving within the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation and Ministry of Ladies Affairs, respectively.  The opposite 7 autos have been taken away by some Administrators of the Ministry who had since retired from service.

In one other question raised towards the Ministry,  a degree 12 officer was paid N74 million towards the laid down process within the civil service.

The question learn, “A whopping sum of N74.6 million was paid to a Grade Stage 12 officer within the Ministry on 21st July 2014, as private advance for the Public Consciousness Marketing campaign for Worldwide Travellers on illnesses of Worldwide Public Well being significance.

“It’s worrisome that such an enormous quantity of public funds might be entrusted to a Grade Stage 12 officer, whose complete terminal service advantages can’t even match the scale of the legal responsibility.

“An try by the officer to retire the advance in January 2015 was queried by the Inside Auditor for missing enough particulars of the disbursement of the cash.  As much as the time of penning this report in September 2016, this large advance had not been correctly retired.”

In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Urhoghide mentioned that  collection of letters written to  the Ministry for his or her response to the allegations have been ignored.

Not happy with the event, Senator Urhoghide then sustained the question and mentioned that the Senate could have no possibility than to withhold the place of Auditor Normal of the Federation.

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ARM Holdings boosts healthcare facility in Lagos

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By Rosemary Onuoha

Asset & Useful resource Administration Holding Firm (ARM) has given a lift to healthcare amenities in Lagos State with the renovation and donation of a set of laboratory gear to the Outpatient Well being Centre in Onikan.

The facelift to the hospital facility constructed within the 60’s in response to ARM was in step with its Company Social Duty (CSR) technique, to assist the Lagos State Authorities within the battle towards COVID-19, in addition to assist instant communities to stay wholesome life for development and financial prosperity.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the state authorities, Commissioner for Well being, Professor Akin Abayomi mentioned the gear donated by ARM is the primary of its variety in Nigeria and in the entire of West Africa.

“For this, I need to congratulate ARM for being the primary donor of this gear in Nigeria and certainly West Africa.”

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Abayomi who applauded the gesture mentioned it is going to assist Lagos in containing the affect of COVID-19, because the gear will assist the hospital to successfully handle blood transfusion by guaranteeing that solely protected and clear blood is obtained from donors and transferred to recipients.

He mentioned that the state was making efforts to comprise the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, by growing public well being response and sustaining a balanced financial system.

Chief Government Officer of ARM Holdings, Mrs. Jumoke Ogundare talking through the official presentation, mentioned this 12 months has been a difficult one for all nations together with Nigeria on account of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ogundare mentioned ARM has regarded on the affect of the pandemic on the well being sector in addition to the inhabitants, and so determined to make a distinction with renovation of this facility and donation of the gear.

“That is in step with our Company Social Duty, and we hope that it’ll assist the state authorities, the hospital and the instant neighborhood, significantly at the moment when COVID-19 has taken enormous toll on our economic system, Ogundare mentioned.

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African Alliance settles N1.3bn claims in two months

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By Rosemary Onuoha

African Alliance Insurance coverage Plc stated it has settled claims of N1.three billion in two months from October until date.

Managing Director/Chief Government Officer of African Alliance, Mrs. Joyce Ojemudia, disclosed this throughout a press interplay on the firm’s workplace in Lagos, including  that the one strategy to make insurance coverage merchandise tangible is for underwriting companies to pay real claims promptly.

Giving a breakdown of its claims fee historical past from October until date, he stated the corporate paid N220.5 million as claims for group life insurance coverage; N1.03 billion for particular person life together with annuity, N2.three million for Esusu,  and N73.7 million paid as takaful claims.

Ojemudia stated: “The merchandise that we’re promoting within the insurance coverage sector are intangible and the one strategy to make them tangible is to pay claims and pay promptly.”

In accordance with her, insurance coverage firms pay claims and it must be clear to the general public that the sector exists to service their claims.

She stated: “Once you inform Nigerians to take up insurance coverage, they at all times say that ‘God is my insurance coverage’, however after we begin sounding the message of claims fee very loud via the press, they may consider the press higher.”

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The African Alliance boss famous that the corporate is placing modalities in place so as to add extra worth to a few of its merchandise to appease the approaching 12 months.

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She added that “When a few of these merchandise had been truly put available in the market, COVID-19 was not round and no one thought the affect of COVID-19 shall be as massive as this.

“In order quickly as we put some merchandise within the correct perspective that can soothe  the 2021 enterprise 12 months, I’m positive that we are going to begin partnering with you to inform the general public that we now have merchandise that shall be of frequent curiosity to them.”

Additionally talking, Basic Supervisor/Lead, Enterprise Improvement, Mr. Steve Ajudua, stated that there’s potential of over a trillion naira revenue within the obligatory insurance coverage merchandise for the insurance coverage trade and there’s want for strict enforcement of that line of enterprise.

He appealed to the media to help the sector in propagating the advantages inherent within the obligatory insurance coverage merchandise, saying that it provides the trade an enormous alternative to extend insurance coverage penetration in addition to develop the economic system.

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Anchor pays N957m claims in 10 months

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Anchor Insurance coverage Firm Restricted has paid out N957 million as claims to deserving policyholders as on the finish of October this yr.

The corporate’s Managing Director, Mr. Ebose Augustine, disclosed this whereas talking with journalists in Lagos lately.

Augustine acknowledged that assembly prospects’ real claims’  requests including that doing so inside a specified time restrict have been elements of the practices Anchor Insurance coverage was identified for. He mentioned: “And we take unrepentant satisfaction in assembly our promise of placing smiles again on the faces of our policyholders at any time when the danger insured in opposition to crystallizes.”

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Giving a breakdown of the claims paid in line with the courses of insurance coverage, Mr. Ebose mentioned N204.three million was paid to affected prospects underneath the oil and gasoline class, N197.5 million was paid underneath basic accident, N197.four million was paid underneath motor insurance coverage, N108.6 million was paid underneath the lack of employment insurance coverage scheme and N89.1 million was paid to these affected underneath the engineering class.

In line with him, others included marine insurance coverage the place affected claimants obtained N63.2 million, fireplace class was N33.1 million and bonds N27.7 million respectively.

He mentioned: “Our greatest commercial is the well timed processing and spiritual settlement of claims. The corporate was solely residing as much as its motto, “…the place insurance coverage works.”

He additional disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic affected companies and lives which gave rise to excessive instances of claims calls for on insurers.

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He famous that “We at Anchor Insurance coverage had our personal fair proportion of the report of the declare, particularly the lack of employment insurance coverage scheme however we had been equal to the duty as the first responsibility of any insurance coverage firm is to pay claims.”

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