PANEL RECOMMENDS DISMISSAL OF SUSPENDED NHIS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

By Godson Ikiebey-

The panel set up by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has recommended the immediate dismissal of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Usman Yusuf.

According to Punch, the panel’s report accused Yusuf of breaching the Public Procurement Act as well as the Public Service Rules.

The Punch in its report said that the seven-man committee headed by Dr Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary did not recommend Yusuf for prosecution.

According to the report, the committee said that the NHIS boss, who has been on suspension since November 2018, had an unhealthy relationship with members of staff of the agency; local unions, health management organisations and health care providers.

The panel therefore said that allowing him to retain his position will therefore be detrimental to the health sector, hence recommended his dismissal.

The committee said the NHIS boss deserved to be dismissed for failing to explore internal administrative remedies before suing the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the NHIS In November, 2019.

The committee’s report read in part:

“Relieve the executive secretary of his appointment. Justification: Inability to work in harmony with all the relevant stakeholders in the scheme for the attainment of the scheme’s mandate.

“Established cases of infractions of the Public Service Rules i.e. insubordination and refusal to carry out lawful instructions from superior authorities (governing council and the Federal Ministry of Health) contrary to PSR Rule 030301 (0), unauthorised public utterances contrary to Rule 030421 (id), and relevant service-wide circulars.

“Infraction of Rule 3125(i) (a) and (b) of the Financial Regulations”.

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