NHIS to secure police protection as suspended Secretary vows to resume work

The Ministry of Health will on Monday write the police to secure the National Health Insurance Scheme headquarters over threats by suspended Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman to resume this week.

Usman had earlier rejected his suspension, stating that he would resume work.

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According to sources who spoke with Punch, the committee set up to prove Usman sits in the NHIS headquarters.

A source at the ministry stated, “We are drafting a letter, which will be sent to all security agencies, regarding the intention of the suspended NHIS boss to forcefully resume. We want to forestall any trouble because members of the union have warned him to stay away and there could be a brawl.

“Yusuf has said he rejects the suspension and we have information that he may storm the agency this week with his supporters. The police will be expected to secure the premises and also protect members of the committee who are currently sitting.”

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The House of Representatives had ordered that Yusuf immediately resume work, stating that he was suspended for revealing corrupt practices in the ministry.

Yusuf, who is also under investigation by the Senate, was, amongst other things, accused of “corrupt expenditure of N292m for health care financing training; illegal expenditure of N218m for training of members of staff; scandalous expenditure of N400m purportedly for training during the month of October 2016; and N50m for T-shirts and Fez caps despite presidential order banning promotional items and souvenirs.”

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