Gov’t has paid all moneys owed to NHIS— Minister

Mr Seth Terkper,Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (8)The Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Terkper, says the government has paid all moneys owed to the National Health Insurance Scheme.

He said “government has no outstanding financial obligation to the National Health Insurance Scheme”.

According to the Minister, the payments included the arrears.

Mr. Terkper said this when he appeared before the House yesterday, to respond to a number of questions related to the scheme, among other issues.

He indicated that releases from the National Health Insurance Levy into the Health Insurance Fund for 2013 and 2014, stood at GH¢828,399,000 and GH¢1.63 billion respectively, and added that the ministry had cleared all arrears for 2015.

The Minister also responded to questions on the GH¢29 million Annual Budget Funding amount allocated to the Ministry of Health in the 2013 budget, to finance some critical projects.

He explained that the money was not released because the Ministry of Health failed to follow the procedures laid down for the disbursement of the amount.

“The Ministry of Health did not submit the request according to the Ministry of Finance’s guidelines for making requests, in respect of capital expenditure. Furthermore the request was not supported by relevant documents”.

That, notwithstanding, he said the Ministry of Finance released an amount of GH¢8,791,771.16 from the contingency books to the Ministry of Health for the payment of those projects.

The House, after the Finance Minister’s visit, approved President John Mahama’s nominees vetted by the Appointments Committee last month, to hold various ministerial and deputy ministerial positions.

They are Alexander Percival Segbefia, Health-Minister-designate; Peter Anarfi-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister-designate; and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, Deputy Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources.

The rest are Samuel Yaw Adusei, Deputy Minister-designate for Water Resources, Works and Housing, and Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, Deputy Minister-designate for Defence.

Presenting the report of the Appointments Committee to the plenary, the First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Oduro, said the committee duly considered the nominations in the light of the provisions of the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House.

“The committee is satisfied that the nominees are qualified to be appointed to the respective positions to which they have been nominated,” he said.

In another development, the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, told newsmen yesterday that the MPs would start moving to their new offices in the renovated Job 600 tower from next month.

He said for security and other reasons, the members would move to the 12-storey tower in batches.

By Yaw Kyei

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