NHIS: I will not obey your suspension order
*Yusuf tells Nigeria’s Health Minister
Suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, has officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole.
In his letter dated 12th July on the official letterhead of the NHIS, Yusuf informed the minister that he would not comply with the 6th July suspension order slammed on him on allegations of corruption.
Yusuf acknowledged receiving the letter directing him to proceed on a three-months suspension, but gave five reasons why he would not comply with the suspension.
www.gongnews.net had opened up on the mountain of corruption issues culminating in Yusuf’s suspension last week.
Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run health insurance provider on 29th July, 2016. His reign at the health ministry parastatal has been fraught with allegations of grim fraud.
The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief.
The lawmakers accused Prof Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292 million” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”
Though, the embattled NHIS chief has denied any wrongdoing.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, comedians in the House of Representatives directed the health minister to immediately recall Yusuf.
Prof Adewole had ordered the suspension to allow for unhindered investigation of the corruption allegations.
The following day, Thursday, a civic group came up and harshly criticised the Green Chamber of the National Assembly for calling for the recall of the suspended official until the ordered investigation was concluded.
We are watching the unfolding events.