From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Super Eagles striker, Sunusi Ibrahim through his SI14 Foundation has paid the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NASHIA) enrollment fees for 110 beneficiaries in Nasarawa State for a period of one year.
Ibrahim revealed this while distributing the NASHIA identification cards for accessing the free healthcare services to the beneficiaries in Keffi Local Government Area of the state, recently.
According to him, the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the hardships faced by some quarters of the public with regards to easy access to healthcare service delivery.
He further explained that the 110 beneficiaries of the gesture included the aged, people living with disabilities, children under the age of five, pregnant women, widows, and other vulnerable people spread across all the electoral wards in Keffi.
“I made this effort because I know the situation for some people in the country is hard. That is why it is difficult for them to go to the hospital to receive basic healthcare needs.
“So I thought deeply about it and decided to support them by sponsoring their enrollment into the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency. Hopefully, access to healthcare services will not be a challenge for them,” he added.
Ibrahim appreciated NASHIA for collaborating in order to get the beneficiaries enrolled, assuring that he would continue to work closely with the agency to sensitise his community on the importance of health insurance and get more enrolled to enjoy the benefits of health insurance.
He therefore called on the state and local government areas and well meaning Nigerians to support the effort by getting more residents enrolled for access to healthcare insurance.
Also speaking, Executive Secretary, NASHIA, Dr Yahaya Ubam expressed joy over the gesture and commended the footballer for the giving back to his community, especially the less privileged there.
“I am very happy with this development. Instead of people throwing out money without properly managing it, he has decided to impact the lives of the people of his community by enrolling them into the health insurance scheme.
“Spending for health from your pocket is capital intensive especially in the present day Nigeria because we all know what is happening.
“So giving little for the healthcare of others is a big gesture. So we thank him and we will continue to work with him and other well meaning Nigerians to get many others covered by the health insurance scheme,” he added.
Speaking in an interview with The Voice, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Nwosu Benedict, thanked the Super Eagles player and called on other individuals to emulate the gesture for the wellbeing of citizens of the state and country at large.
“It’s a very interesting initiative and I am excited and happy to be here. It’s not about spraying money here and there. What the young man has done will go a long in helping some of us access healthcare service when we need it,” he said.
The Voice reports that Ibrahim currently plays for Canada’s Club de Foot Montreal also known as Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States of America (USA).
He also featured for Nigeria’s Super Eagles during the 2020 African Nations Cup qualifies against Togo and also played for Nigeria’s under-23 side.