The governing council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has suspended Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the scheme indefinitely.
This was disclosed by the chairperson of the NHIS governing council, Ifenne Enyanatu in her address to journalists after a two-day closed door meeting at the Abuja head office of the scheme.
According to her, the council resolved to suspend Yusuf because it has been inundated with petitions and infractions against him.
She also said that the council resolved to set up an administrative panel with a three months’ timeframe to examine allegations leveled against Yusuf and report back.
According to her, Yusuf was suspended to enable the panel an unbiased space to do a thorough investigation. She said that:
“We consulted and got the approval of the honorable Minister of Health before this suspension”.
She went further to say that Mallam Sadiq Abubakar will now act as Executive Secretary in Yusuf’s stead in the time being.
You will recall that Yusuf’s reign in the state run insurance scheme has been fraught with various allegations of corruption, infractions and highhandedness.
He was previously suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in July 2017 over alleged gross misconduct and fraud and a panel set up by the minister to investigate the allegations.
Though it is alleged that the panel indicted the executive secretary on most of the allegations and recommended sanction, without informing the minister and against the recommendations of the probe panel, President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated the executive secretary into his office.
This ignited an uproar, with a group of workers staging a protest at the agency against it.
And since his reinstatement in February, 2018 many other allegations of fraud has trailed Yusuf with the staff and many management members of the scheme repeatedly calling for his sack.