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18 Oct 2018

NHIS Boss, Usman Yusuf, Suspended Indefinitely

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, has been suspended indefinitely by the governing board of the scheme.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the board chairman, Iyantu Ifene.

It was gathered that Yusuf was suspended over allegations of financial infractions leveled against him as well as alleged refusal to carry out some of the board’s decisions.

Ifene said the council has set up a panel to investigate the allegations and had put Sadique Abubakar in charge of the scheme as acting Executive Secretary. The panel is expected to submit the report in three months.

It would be recalled that Minister of Health had earlier suspended Yusuf in June 2017 but he was later reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhar in February 2018.
Adewole had suspended him after an administrative panel found him guilty of allegations of gross misconduct, nepotism, financial recklessness and theft of public funds to the tune of N919million.

But while confirming Yusuf’s reinstatement earlier this year, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, made no mention of the allegations against him. He simply urged him to “work harmoniously with the Minister”.

According to the council, his suspension followed allegations of infractions. It has, therefore, set up a panel to investigate the allegations.

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