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Eight million Nigerians enrolled in insurance since 2018



The Chairman of the Forum of Chief Executive Officers of State Social Health Insurance Agencies, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi said 8,107,795 Nigerians have been enrolled in the health insurance scheme across 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory since 2018.

He noted that Rivers and Akwa Ibom states are not part of the scheme.

Onyemaechi, who made this known at the first quarter meeting of the forum in Abuja on Friday stated that Universal Health Coverage would not be achieved if any state is left behind in the scheme.

He, however, said insecurity in some states, high cost of medicines and medical consumables due to inflation, inability to utilise services, poor political will, and organised labour resistance are disrupting service delivery and enrollment drive.

He said, “The informal sector which accounts for 70 per cent of the population contributes less than one million out of the eight million people recorded, and there is a need for increased political will and awareness.”

He called for greater involvement in supporting health insurance initiatives.

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“Collaboration with national health authorities and ministries is essential in ensuring the success of health insurance programmes nationwide, this underscores the need to prioritise the health and well-being of all citizens.

“I call on stakeholders to rally around the vision of Universal Health Coverage and make it a reality in Nigeria. With active engagement with relevant authorities, I am optimistic in overcoming challenges and ensuring that Nigeria gets it right in its pursuit of comprehensive health insurance coverage,” he added.

Also speaking, the Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Kelechi Ohiri, reiterated the government’s commitment to improving healthcare accessibility in the country.

“You have our support, don’t just see us as just regulators but as partners in this journey to expand access to Nigerians and reduce the health poverty in our country.

“NHIA is working with pharmaceutical manufacturers and aggregators on the medicines initiative to see how we can keep the cost of drugs lower by aggregating and getting economies of scale,” Ohiri said.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary and CEO of the Lagos State Health Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, emphasised the need for inclusiveness for vulnerable populations.

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Zamba reiterated the need for coordinated efforts and strategic governance in advancing health insurance agendas.

“I urge colleagues to explore additional sources of funding and support to enhance health insurance coverage,” she said.

On Monday, the Federation of Nigeria Pharmaceutical Industry Associations proposed the creation of N600bn Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Development Fund at five per cent interest over a minimum of seven to 10-year tenure.

The group made the call during a forum hosted by FeNPIA in honour of the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Pate.

The group said the fund would support the local production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, vaccines, critical supply chain interventions, and Research & Development among others.

Speaking during the event, the President of FeNPIA, Dr. Okey Akpa, enumerated the various factors that inhibit the growth of the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria.

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The 1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN SDGs presents the SDG Youth Essay Competition, offering undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions a chance to contribute to the discussion on achieving SDG4, Quality Education.

Competition Overview:

1st Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Conference on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Essay Competition

The SDG Youth Essay Competition offers a grand prize of N1 million for the top three winners, along with free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – Open exclusively to undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

2. Entry Guidelines:

   – Topic:The Role of Students in Attainment of SDG4

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   – length: Essays should be 1500 words.

   – Entry Period: Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Thursday, February 29, 2024

   – Referencing: APA Style (6th Edition).

   – Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font size.

   – Documentation: Typed in 1.5 line spacing, MS Word format only.

   – Plagiarism: Only original content is accepted; plagiarized entries will be disqualified.


– Prizes:

  – 1st Prize: N500,000

  – 2nd Prize: N300,000

  – 3rd Prize: N200,000

– Winners will also receive free sponsorship to attend the 1st Nigeria Tertiary Institution Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2024 in Abuja.


Required Documents:

– Student’s Institution ID Card

– Copy of Student’s Admission Letter

– One recent passport-size photograph

– WhatsApp telephone number and email address

Application Procedure:

– All entries and submissions (essay and required documents) should be scanned and sent to before the deadline.

For Further Inquiries:

– Call: 08068931151, 08133846739, 07067772964

– Email:

Deadline: February 29th, 2024

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to achieving SDG4 and win exciting prizes. Submit your entry and required documents before the deadline. For any inquiries, feel free to contact them via phone or email.

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Are you an undergraduate law student in Nigeria eager to explore the intersection of law and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Pentagon Partners presents a unique opportunity for 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students to participate in the National Essay Competition.

Competition Overview:

Pentagon Partners National Essay Competition for Undergraduate Law Students

The National Essay Competition invites undergraduate law students to showcase their expertise and contribute to the discourse on AI, privacy, and data protection. In addition to cash prizes, participants have the chance to intern with Pentagon Partners, gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Competition Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

   – The competition is open to 400-level and 500-level undergraduate law students in Nigerian universities.

2. Essay Requirements:

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   – Length: Essays should not exceed 1500 words.

   – Format: Double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font.

   – References: OSCOLA format for citations with 10pt font size for footnotes and endnotes.

   – Submission Format: Essays must be submitted in PDF format.

   – Entrant Details: Include full names, school, level, phone number, and email address in both the body of the email and on the last page of the essay.

   – Single Entry: Each entrant is allowed only one submission.

   – Originality: Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.

Competition Benefits and Timeline:

1. Prizes:

   – Winner: N200,000

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   – 1st Runner Up: N150,000

   – 2nd Runner Up: N100,000

2. Internship Opportunity:

   – In addition to cash prizes, winners have the exclusive opportunity to intern with Pentagon Partners, enhancing their career prospects.

Application Procedure:

– Interested participants should submit their essays to during the submission period.

– The subject of the email should be the Essay topic

For additional information and updates, visit

Deadline: March 22nd, 2024

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your legal expertise, contribute to important discussions on AI and law, and vie for enticing cash prizes. Pentagon Partners looks forward to receiving your submissions.

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The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC) is an annual event aimed at fostering innovative thinking among primary and secondary school students in Nigeria. It provides a platform for young minds to propose technological solutions to national challenges.

Inaugurated in 2020, the CDEC is part of SystemSpecs’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to promoting capacity development in the Nigerian ICT industry. By encouraging young Nigerians to tackle everyday issues, the competition contributes to intellectual growth and societal progress.

SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC), 2024

The theme for the 2024 competition is “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology.” Participants are tasked with exploring strategies to safeguard children in an increasingly digital world.

– Open to primary and secondary school students in Nigeria aged 9 to 16.

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– Junior category (ages 9 to 12) essays must not exceed 1,000 words.

– Senior category (ages 13 to 16) essays must not exceed 1,500 words.


– Winners will receive generous rewards, including a high-capacity laptop, premium headphones, a portable laptop stand, a smart wristwatch, and one year of internet data, among other items.

– Consolation prizes will be awarded to other participants.

Application Process:

– Interested candidates should access the application page 

– Essays must be written in English and reflect original thought.

– Each participant is limited to one entry.

– Entries must be endorsed by an accredited school official, parent, or legal guardian.

– Deadline for submissions is April 12, 2024.

Submission Guidelines:

– All submissions must be in PDF format and include the student’s name, home and school addresses, email address, and contact phone number.

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– Double entries will result in automatic disqualification.

– Submissions must be received by March 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners:

– Successful students and schools will be contacted in the second quarter of the year.

– Updates on winners will be announced on @nercng social media platforms.

The SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition offers a unique opportunity for Nigerian students to demonstrate their creativity and problem-solving skills. By addressing the theme of online child protection, participants contribute to building a safer and more secure digital environment for all. We encourage eligible students to seize this opportunity and showcase their talent and ingenuity.

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