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NHIS Executive Secretary Suspended Indefinitely


Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been suspended indefinitely.
The chairperson of the NHIS governing council, Ifenne Enyanatu revealed this in Abuja on Thursday, adding the resolution was taken by the governing council of the scheme.
She said the council resolved to suspend Yusuf because it has been inundated with petitions and infractions against the official.
Mrs Enyanatu said the council also resolved to set up an administrative panel to examine allegations leveled against Yusuf.
“The panel has three months to complete it’s assignment and report back to us”, she noted.
She said the reason for the suspension is to allow the panel an ‘infetted’ space to do a thorough investigation.
“We consulted and got the approval of the honorable Minister of Health before this suspension. ”
Mrs Enyanatu also announced that Mallam Sadiq Abubakar will now act as Executive Secretary in Mr Yusuf’s stead in the time being.
Yusuf’s reign in the state run insurance scheme has been fraught with various allegations of corruption, infractions and highhandness.
The executive secretary was previously suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017 over alleged gross misconduct and fraud.
The Minister then set up a panel to investigate the allegations.
The panel had indicted Yusuf on most of the allegations and recommended sanction, following which the minister forwarded the report to the presidency.
But in February, without informing the Minister and against the recommendations of the probe panel, President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated the executive secretary into his office.
The reinstatement ignited an uproar, with a group of workers staging a protest at the agency against it.
Since his return in February, many other allegations of fraud has thrailed the controversial official with the staff and many management members of the scheme repeatedly calling for his sack.

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