Reps reject NHIS budget over suspension of Executive Secretary

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected the 2017 budgetary proposals of the National Health Insurance Scheme over the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof. Yusuf Usman.

It also rejected the budget of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The House had disapproved the suspension of Usman by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while it was investigating alleged rot in the implementation of the NHIS.

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Usman was suspended over allegations of corruption.

The House Committee on Health Services was probing the role of Health Maintenance Organisations in the failure of the NHIS to deliver services at the same time.

The health minister has been invited to justify Usman’s suspension but he has written the committee that he would be unavailable.

Chairman of the committee, Chike Okafor on Wednesday said the committee would not consider the budget of the NHIS until the minister had appeared to explain Usman’s suspension.

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Members of the committee resolved to step down the budget of the NHIS.

The committee rejected NAFDAC’s budget because the name of a former director-general of the agency, Mr. Paul Orhii, was still on the nominal roll.

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