Only Buhari can suspend me, NHIS secretary tells minister

Only Buhari can suspend me, NHIS secretary tells minister

Only Buhari can suspend me, NHIS secretary tells minister

Isaac Adewole, was on Wednesday, summoned by the members of Federal House of Representatives over his decision to suspend the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof.

It's not expected that the minister would heed the lawmakers and reverse Yusuf's suspension.

According to a report by Punch newspaper, the House in its resolution in Abuja, directed the minister to reinstate the ES within seven days and to also halt the re-accreditation of Health Maintenance Organisations pending the outcome of the intervention by the House.

It cited an instance whereby "The minister wrote to the Executive Secretary, through the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello, Ref No: DFA/CORR/001, and dated March 28, 2017, directing the ES to pay the sum of N197,072,500 only for rehabilitation works in some Federal Medical Centres, contract awarded by the ministry in 2016 and directed him to pay the money to the ministry's account number: 0020155061015 in the CBN, when there is no budgetary provisions for this payment in the NHIS 2016 budget".

Yusuf, a professor of Paediatrics, who came on board the scheme a year ago, was given a marching order by Adewole, a professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, to proceed on suspension for three months following mounting petitions against alleged fraudulent practices and nepotism by concerned groups.

PREMIUM TIMES broke the news of Mr. Yusuf's suspension last week over corruption allegations.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Usman Yusuf, the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), been allegedly suspended by the minister of health, Isaac Adewole.

Brides-to-be panic as bridal retailer Alfred Angelo abruptly closes
Under that plan, any creditors would be left to split whatever proceeds are collected from selling the company's assets. Alfred Angelo is based in Delray Beach, Fla., north of Boca Raton.

"The letter of suspension is not in accordance with Public Service Rules as no prima facie case has been established against me in respect of the petition referred to in the letter".

He said the petitions referred to by the minister were also being investigated by the ICPC, which was yet to submit its findings. "I have cooperated fully with the investigations so far and will continue to do so".

He further said that Section 47 of the NHIS Act empowers the minister to merely give directives of a general nature to the Governing Council of the NHIS and such directives do not include discipline, suspension or removal of the NHIS boss.

House Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, said the suspension was an attack on public hearing and the House in general.

The allegations came during the debate of a motion sponsored by Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, Hon.

"The NHIS is an agency supervised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Administrative Panel of Inquiry raised by the Ministry to investigate activities of the agency has commenced its assignment with specific terms of reference", the spokesperson said.

Related news