The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has announced the indefinite suspension of the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf.
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In a letter dated October 5 addressed to the suspended NHIS boss, the minister said the suspension was indefinite pending decision of President Muhammadu Buhari on the report of the committee that investigated activities of Prof Yusuf at the agency.
In July, Adewole suspended Yusuf for three months over allegations of fraud.
Adewole had set up a committee to probe the NHIS ES, saying his response to the petitions written against him were “considered unsatisfactory”.
The letter partly reads: “Please refer to my earlier letter ref C.405/1/132, dated 6th July 2017, suspending you from office for three months to allow for an interrupted administrative, investigative committee to look into the various allegations against you including that of monumental fraud, gross abuse of office and nepotism inimical to the NHIS scheme under your leadership,” the letter read.
“While awaiting Mr President’s directive and considering that the committee found you culpable in many areas of your performance as the executive secretary of the NHIS, I am further extending your suspension from office pending the decision of his Excellency Mr President C-in-C on the report.”