Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said his administration would instil health insurance culture on the people of the State, to enable them pay their medical bills, whenever the need arose.
Governor Abiodun, who stated this while receiving management of Stanbic IBTC Holdings in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, pointed out that the health insurance scheme would enable the less privileged in the society have access to quality healthcare services.
“We want to instil the culture of health insurance, so that it will help in paying for medical bills. A couple of States are doing interesting things that we are trying to understudy but we want to ensure that we start with Civil Servants, Cooperatives, and market associations, among others. They will pay stipend, while we give them cards that show that they can access healthcare service at any Primary Health Centre”, he said.
Highlighting some of the steps taken so far by his administration, Abiodun said the State was currently witnessing massive rehabilitation of township and border roads through direct labour, as well as renovations of 236 primary schools, adding that fund was the major impediment in carrying out repair of all roads in the State.
He said government had put in place machineries to provide adequate security, while also leveraging on the Central Bank of Nigeria intervention programmes, like the Anchor’s Borrowers Programme, to positively engage youths, unemployed, and explore Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in repositioning the education sector.
The State helmsman while noting that the involvement of the private sector would enhance rapid economic development, maintained that his administration would achieve his mission of “Building our Future Together” through fairness, equity, accountability and inclusiveness, calling on the bank and other Corporate bodies to partner government in achieving its objectives.
Speaking earlier, the Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni, said his organization was already partnering government in the health sector, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities, saying, “we are looking at the possibility of adopting some Primary Health Centres, especially those that are close to where we transact business”.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor