Friday, October 19, 2018

Eight Months After Reinstatement, NHIS Boss Suspended Again

Barely eight months after the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, by President Muhammadu Buhari, the governing council of the scheme has again suspended him indefinitely.

The Chairperson of the council, Ifenne Enyanatu, who announced the suspension at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said the decision was reached after a two-day meeting of the council members.

She said the council resolved to suspend Yusuf because it has been inundated with petitions of fraud and infractions, adding that the council has set up an administrative panel to examine allegations leveled against him.

The chairperson said: “The panel has three months to complete its assignment and report back to us.

“The suspension is to allow the panel have adequate space to do a thorough investigation.

“We consulted and got the approval of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, before this suspension.”

Enyanatu also announced that Mallam Sadiq Abubakar will act as Executive Secretary in Yusuf’s stead in the time being.