By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA), Dr. Sola Akande, has disclosed that the agency will meet with the executive of Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).
The OYSHIA boss disclosed this while featuring on a radio programme in Ibadan at the weekend.
“We are revving up out engagement with informal sector. This is very exciting. We have reached out to informal sector group and their responses have been fantastic.
“On Tuesday, we are having a meeting with Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). They are coming en bloc to OYSHIA. We asking them to come in with N8,000, rather than N13,500. Because, it is a big group that is coming on the scheme and we have such plan for all other informal group.
“We have about four or five that have shown interest and we are not only buying insurance for informal sector group, we are empowering them. We have businesses they can get into, we have POS machines, we have loan facilities that will be coming to them. Once you carry our identity card, you have access to some amount of loan to push your business,” he said.
Akande said the agency will have mobile clinics in major markets across Oyo State.
“Base on this relationship, as we have informal people coming, we are taking hospital to them.
“Our initial target is 500,000 lives in informal sector across all the three 33 local government areas, that is the nut we want to crack.
“Depending on the picture and the figures we are having in various zones, we want to have ambulances, specifically for them. If what happened is beyond our mobile clinic, we have ambulance that will transport them to the nearest hospital. It is a mega plan. We are working with Wema Bank to carry this out and we are going to have what looks like a banking cubicles in major centers too, where you can do ATM, NIN, because the next level we are going to in OYSHIA is to use NIN as identification. We want to clear up our database,” he stated.