The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, has been shown the way out by President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged fraud and other misdemeanors. The Governing Board of the agency has also been dissolved.

The Details: The sack came 7 months after Yusuf was recommended for dismissal by a panel set up by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation last December. The panel’s recommendation for dismissal was due to findings that he allegedly mismanaged the sum of N919 million.

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NHIS boss sacked by Buhari over controversy
Prof Yusuf Usman

New Development: In a statement released by the Director of Media, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, Prof Mohammed Sambo has been appointed as the new head of the agency. The appointment is pending when a new governing board will be constituted.

Following the recommendations of report by an independent fact-finding panel on the NHIS, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of the 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.”

In the meantime, the Ministry’s Media Director also disclosed that the President has approved the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu as the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), in line with the provisions of Section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (Establishment) Act of 2018.

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