Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo, has approved free health insurance services for pensioners and the state’s Security Vigilante Network to the tune of ₦1 billion.
Rock Amegor, the Director-General of the Edo State Health Insurance Commission, disclosed this during a press briefing in Benin City, the capital of Edo, on Tuesday.
The government aims to ensure quality and affordable healthcare, reducing out-of-pocket spending for beneficiaries and achieving universal health coverage, according to the director general.
Amegor praised the governor’s initiative, emphasising the government’s commitment to cover pensioners and vigilantes, allocating N1 billion for this purpose.
“We want to thank the Governor of Edo State for this initiative and for being a pacesetter, as Edo State is the second state in Nigeria covering pensioners free of charge,” Amegor said. “I want to use this opportunity to call on all pensioners across the 18 local government areas of Edo State to take advantage and start enrollment as soon as details of enrollment come out.”
He disclosed that the digitalized system will facilitate the onboarding process for over 12,000 pensioners and 4,000 operatives starting December 21, 2023.
The scheme already covers over 200,000 people, and the focus now extends to pensioners and those securing citizens’ lives.