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7 Jul 2017

BREAKING: The Executive Secretary of NHIS Suspended

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, has been suspended.
Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf
 
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has approved the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, on Thursday with immediate effect.
 
According to Premium Times, the 54-year-old took over the state-run health insurance provider on July 29, 2016, but his reign has been fraught with allegations of fraud.
 
The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief.
 
The lawmakers accused Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292 million” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”
 
When reached for comments about the development, the NHIS chief has denied any wrongdoing as well as his suspension, adding that the allegations against him are unfounded.
 
He said; “Who told you I have been suspended or that I did any sharp practices? The person should come forward with proofs.” 
 
But multiple sources in the NHIS and the Health Ministry confirmed that Yusuf received his suspension letter Thursday evening.
 
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, did not immediately respond to requests for comments Thursday night. 
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