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Presidency Orders Recall of Suspended NHIS Boss Under Probe Over N919m Scam


In what appears a dramatic turn for the suspended the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf,
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered his recall.
Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on July 6, 2017, for what the Minister described as abuse of office and fraudulent practices.
In a letter with reference number, ‘SH/COS/10/6/A/29’, signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the President informed the Minister of Yusuf’s recall, adding that he (Yusuf) had been “admonished to work harmoniously with the Minister.”
The letter, it was learnt, was sent to the Minister on Tuesday evening. The Minister confirmed the development when contacted, saying, “Yes, what you have heard is true.”
Sources at the federal Ministry of Health also confirmed Yusuf’s reinstatement. They did not, however, disclose when the NHIS boss would resume.
The letter made no mention of the probe Yusuf was facing at the EFCC.
Incidentally, Yusuf was being grilled by the men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday when his letter of reinstatement was sent to the Federal Ministry of Health.
Yusuf, who is being probed by the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, was accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N919m.
A committee set up by the Minister had submitted a probe report to the President last September accusing Yusuf of abuse of office.
In the report which was compiled by senior officials of the Health Ministry, the Department of State Services and the ICPC, the panel described Yusuf as a public servant who “portrayed a holier than thou attitude but at the background, milked the agency dry” by conniving with others to perpetrate fraud to the tune of over N919m.
According to the panel, the N919m was dubiously given as payment to consultants for staff training.

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