Nigeria’s health indices, still in the red, are cushioned by government policies; one of such policies is a duty wavier on health/medical items, like hospital equipment, drugs etc, imported into the country.
Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday debunked claims in some quarters that she had refused to grant import duty waivers on drugs, health commodities and related equipment donated by the Global Fund.
In a statement signed by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Salisu Dambatta, the minister said claims by some importers and non-governmental organisations that she denied them waivers on drugs and health commodities imported into the country were untrue.
She said in granting import duty waivers, the ministry followed statutory procedures.
This, she said, was part of measures to check the abuse of the Federal Government’s fiscal incentives and halt rampart corrupt practices in the economic sector.