Whether Oyo workers like it or not, they are going to pay monthly for health insurance according to the state governor
Apparently realizing that people will not voluntarily sign up for his government’s health insurance initiative, Oyo state governor has mandated that every civil servant must register for the service. Is this morally right? I don’t think so. Can he do that? Yes he can.
According to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, the N650 month subscription fee for the health insurance will be deducted from the salaries of workers in the state; he added that workers of state’s contractors will also be mandated to subscribe to the scheme.
“The recently introduced Health Care Insurance Scheme is a move in this direction. Our target is the active participation of all and sundry in the development, management and funding of Health Care Services. While I heartily appreciate the high level of subscription already recorded, I wish to enjoin all those who are yet to register to go forth now to enjoin the benefits.”
The governor said his administration has also realized the fact that they cannot fund the health sector alone without the active support of, and assistance from, the private sector and corporate bodies.
“We must, therefore, do all within our capacity to promote and achieve healthy living in our State,” he said.
Speaking on the endowment fund, Ajimobi said it will take care of most of the issues which have arisen from the dearth of fund owing to the dwindling resources of Government.
“I therefore charge you all to join us in our avowed commitment to revolutionize the health sector for enhanced service delivery as our administration has identified and treated health as one of the cardinal sectors,” the governor said.