Alleged N850m fraud: Senate Probes NHIS Emperor
*To be probed for financial improprieties, executive arbitrariness
Following our publication of the gross allegations of improper, illegal and irregular employment of 15 staffers into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), we have been exposed to fresh issues of alleged massive fraud.
According to our sources, the fraud is running into hundreds of millions of Naira. Coupled with this is executive recklessness levelled against the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf.
The Senate had even constituted a committee to look into the wrong doings taking place in the scheme.
Our sources showed evidences of some financial improprieties and executive arbitrariness being perpetrated by Professor Yusuf since he assumed office as Executive Secretary of the scheme.
Already, the Senate arrived at its decision to commence probe of the allegation of fraud, following a motion sponsored by Senator Kabiru Marafa in which he urged the upper legislative chamber to, as a matter of urgency, quickly come to the rescue of NHIS from “the grip of Professor Yusuf that was recently appointed as the Executive Secretary.
Senator Marafa accused Prof Yusuf of carrying out scandalous activities in the agency since his appointment, stressing that the new Executive Secretary of the NHIS usually over shoots his approved approval limit and allegedly involved in corrupt expenditure up to the tune of N860 million.
In his contribution to the motion, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North), urged the Senate to immediately swing into action to bring the Executive Secretary to work in line with the law.
Shortly before he hit the garvel, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, urged his colleagues to give the Executive Secretary, Prof Yusuf, the benefit of fair hearing.