The National Health Insurance Scheme said that it has removed about 23,000 ghost enrolless from its scheme.
The Executive Secretary, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, made this known in Abuja at the award of ISO/IEC 20000 standard certification to Galaxy Backbone Plc.
Mr. Yusuf said the enrolless who have been benefiting from the insurance scheme illegally, created disagreement between the NHIS and other health management organisations.
He said the NHIS worked with Galaxy Backbone Plc, Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited and the National Identity Management Commission to remove ghost enrollees.
The NHIS boss said, “I have a crack ICT team and the members have worked with Galaxy Backbone, the NIMC and NigComSat to remove the ghost enrolees.
“For this, the HMOs are fighting me, but we have to make sure that the right people get the money.”
Also speaking, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, urged ICT professionals to deploy the use of technology to tackle poverty and youth unemployment.
He noted that youth unemployment, if not addressed, was a time bomb waiting to explode.
Mr. Dalung also challenged ICT experts to come up with innovations that would take Nigeria out of recession.
The ISO 20000, an international standard, helps organisations to demonstrate excellence and best practices in IT service management.