At last, Buhari sacks Usman Yusuf, NHIS boss

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the termination of the appointment of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf.

Former minister of health, Isaac Adewole, suspended Yusuf over allegations of fraud in 2017 but he was reinstated after six months.

But in a statement on Monday, Boade Akinola, director, media, ministry of health, said the sack of the former NHS boss was in line with the recommendation of a panel set up to probe the crisis in the scheme.

According to the statement, President Buhari had approved the appointment of Mohammed Sambo, as the new head of NHIS and reappointed Chikwe Ihekweazu as director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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The statement read, “Following the recommendations of report by an independent fact finding panel on the NHIS, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, who has been on administrative leave and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Sambo as the new executive secretary.”

“Similarly, the president also approved the dissolution of the governing board of the NHIS and directed the permanent secretary, federal ministry of health to exercise full powers of the council pending the constitution of a new board.”

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