Launch of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria – Agenda

Launch of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

24-25 July 2017
Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja


Objectives of the Summit

The overall objective of the Summit is to launch a national Legislative Network on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to effectively leverage statutory functions of parliament for improved health financing towards UHC in Nigeria. The following are specific objectives of the conference:

  1. To acquaint participants with existing legislative, institutional and policy frameworks towards improved statutory legislative functions in health care financing reforms in Nigeria
  2. To reach a common understanding of strategies to leverage Legislative roles in appropriation, legislation, accountability, representation, and oversight towards achieving UHC.
  3. To initiate the process of sustained UHC-related peer learning among state lawmakers, and their federal counterparts
  4. To outline a road-map of specific actions that the lawmakers will undertake to successfully operationalize the network and transform it into a National Health Assembly


Day 1: Monday July 24th  

Operationalizing the Legislative Network for UHC

Moderator: Moji Makanjuola

Presentation themes Presenter/
Registration Of Participants 09:00–10:00
Opening Prayers/National Anthem

Welcome  Address

Chairman, Senate Committee on Health

Dr Olanrewaju Tejuoso 10:00–10:15

Chairman, House Committee on Health

Deacon Dr Chike Okafor 10:15–10:30
Tea Break 10:30–11:00
Welcome Address

Chairman, Senate Committee on Health

Dr Olanrewaju Tejuoso 11:00–11:15
Opening Remarks

The Senate President

Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki 11:15–11:30
Goodwill Messages

·        Hon. Minister of Finance

·        Hon. Minister of Budget & National Planning

·        Chairman, Conference of Speakers

·        CSO Representative

·        Development Partners

·        United States Agency for International Development

·        United Kingdom Agency for International Development

·        EU Delegation

·        World Bank

·        World Health Organisation

·        Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Keynote Address

Speaker, House of Representatives

Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara 12:00–12:15
Keynote Address

Hon. Minister of Health

Prof. Isaac Adewole 12:15–12:30
Launching of the Legislative Network for UHC

Senate President and Chairman of National Assembly

Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki

Technical Session I: The Legislature and  UHC

Chair of Session Dr Olanrewaju Tejuoso

Plenary I: The Legislature and Nigeria’s Health System: The journey so far |  Chairman
House Committee on Health Care Services
Questions & Discussion
Deacon Dr Chike Okafor 13:00–14:00
Lunch 14:00–15:00
Plenary II: Appropriation as a Tool for Achieving Universal Health Coverage | Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Questions & Discussion

Ita Solomon Enang
Technical Session II: Experiences with Health Insurance Legislation

Chair of Session Rt Hon Ismaila Abdulmumini Kamba

Plenary III: Effective Oversight and the Quest for Universal Health Coverage

Director General

National Institute for Legislative Studies

National Assembly, Abuja

Questions & Discussion

Prof. Ladi Hamalai 16:00–17:00
Day 1 Wrap up Dr Aremu Fatai/Dr Gafar Alawode 17.00–17.15


Day 2: Tuesday, February 7

Moderator: Olumide Okunola 

Presentation themes Presenter/
Welcome 09:00–09:15
Panel Discussion: Legal Framework for Health Insurance: Challenges and Way Out | Panelists to be announced Dr Olumide Okunola 09:15–10:30
Tea break 10.30–11:00
Plenary IV: Operationalizing the Legislative Network on Universal Health Coverage | Constitution of Steering Committee

Review of the Steering Committee Terms of Reference

Constitution of Sub-Committees | Questions & Discussion

Dr Olanrewaju Tejuoso



Technical Session III: Moving the Network Forward
Plenary IV: Developing a Roadmap of Action| Review of draft activities to be undertaken by the Legislative Network  towards achieving the objectives UHC |Group Discussion Dr Umar Tanko Yakasai 12:00–13:00
Platforms for Interaction and Learning | Digital Platforms for knowledge sharing and communication

National Joint Learning Network

Somto Mbelu
Dr Nneka Orji
Vote of thanks

Chairman, House Committee on Health

Deacon Dr Chike Okafor 13:30–13:45
Lunch and departure 13:45

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