The leadership of the Nigerian Police force recently got the approval of the government of the federation to enroll retired police personnel into the National Health insurance Scheme (NHIS) through the Police HMO. The programme is open to all retired personnel irrespective of rank and period of retirement.
At a brief ceremony to mark the commencement of the programme, the MD/CEO of PHML Dr Ahmad Garba Yakasai allayed the fears in some quarters that beneficiaries would have to pay a token for the programme since they were no longer in service. According to him, the only difference between the retired and serving personnel is that they are only allowed to register a spouse and a child under 18 years as against four children under 18 allowed for the serving personnel. They all enjoy full access to all NHIS services and benefits covered by the Police HMO.
In attendance at the ceremony were top government functionaries led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF Boss Mustapha, the police management team led by IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, the NHIS was led by its Executive Secretary Prof Muhammed Sambo and the Police HMO by Dr Yakasai.