CONTROVERSY OVER SEVERANCE PACKAGE FOR DISGRACED NHIS BOSS

Usman Yusuf Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Barring any contrary directive from the Federal Government, the management of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) may be compelled to pay its dismissed Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf, a huge severance package of N70 million, THISDAY has learnt. A recommendation to this effect is presently before the current Executive Secretary for his sign off. In addition the sacked former boss has so far refused to relinquished several official cars belonging to NHIS still in his custody thereby depriving the current occupant cars to…

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SACKED NHIS BOSS REFUSES TO RETURN 5 VEHICLES

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The immediate past Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof Usman Yusuf, has refused to return five vehicles belonging to the NHIS, The PUNCH can confirm. Yusuf, who was accused of fraud to the tune of N919m and sacked for  other alleged infractions, failed to return the vehicles and other equipment including  laptops belonging to the scheme. In a letter  dated July 1, 2019 signed by the Permanent Secretary of the  Ministry of Health, A.M. Abdullahi, the Federal Government asked Yusuf to hand over all…

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NEW NHIS BOSS ASSUMES OFFICE

National Health Insurance Scheme logo The new Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, has resumed work on Monday. The handing is expected to take place any moment from now.. Sambo takes over from the suspended substantive Executive Secretary, Prof. Yusuf Usman. He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari two weeks ago for a five -year renewable term. On resumption of office, Sambo said he has come to the scheme with an open mind, stressing that he would not be taking anything from anybody but…

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HOW USMAN YUSUF WAS EVENTUALLY BOOTED OUT AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF OF NHIS

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday finally dismissed Usman Yusuf as Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The director of media of the health ministry, Boade Akinola, said the termination of Mr Yusuf’s appointment was based on the recommendation of a panel of inquiry which the Nigerian government asked to probe allegations of fraud and abuse of office made against the official. The statement also announced the appointment of Mohammed Sambo as the new Executive Secretary of the scheme and the dissolution of its governing council. The seven-man…

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MEET THE NEW NHIS BOSS, PROF. MOHAMMED SAMBO

Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo appointed new NHIS executive secretary. On the 1st of July, 2019, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari formally sacked the immediate and controversial past National Health Insurance Scheme( NHIS) Usman Yusuf and replaced him with Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo. This is following allegations of corruption and recommendations of the panel set up by the presidency which indicted the former NHIS executive secretary, recommended his immediate sack  and the dissolution of the NHIS Governing Council. The president directed the new NHIS executive secretary…

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BUHARI FINALLY SACKS NHIS BOSS, USMAN YUSUF

 Chijioke Jannah  President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Current Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary. This was made known in a statement on Monday night by Mrs. Boade Akinola, the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health. DAILY POST recalls that Prof. Yusuf has been on administrative leave sequel to crisis rocking the leadership of the lacklustre health agency.  According to the statement, the change at…

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DEPSITE INDICTMENT, FG PAYS SUSPENDED NHIS BOSS 13.8MIL SALARY

Tobi Aworinde The Federal Government has paid the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, N13.8m in salary and allowances despite being indicted by a committee set up by the government to probe him, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The seven-man committee, led by Dr. Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary, set up by the government to probe the NHIS boss, had asked the government to immediately dismiss him. It was, however, learnt that between December 24, 2018 when the panel submitted its report, and April 25, 2019,…

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NHIS RECOMMENDS YUSUF’S DISMISSAL, SACKING OF SCHEME’S BOARD

Tobi Aworinde, Abuja The panel set up by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme has recommended immediate dismissal of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof Usman Yusuf. A copy of the report which was obtained by The PUNCH accused Yusuf of breaching the Public Procurement Act as well as the Public Service Rules. The seven-man committee headed by Dr Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary, nonetheless, did not recommend Yusuf for prosecution. The committee added that the NHIS boss, who has been…

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WHY REPORT ON NHIS PROBE IS DELAYED, FG EXPLAINS

Olufemi Atoyebi and Oladimeji Ramon Nigerians have waited patiently to se whatt would become of the probe set up to look at the NHIS and alleged infractions by the Scheme’s suspended boss. The Assistant Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adetola, has named the just-concluded general elections as the reason the government has yet to make public the outcome of the probe initiated into an alleged fraud of N919m in the National Health Insurance Scheme. President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year…

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NHIS PROBE PANEL PAID 19MILLION NAIRA

The ministerial investigative committee set up to probe the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof Usman Yusuf was paid N19 million from the contributions of NHIS enrolees as sitting allowance, Daily Trust investigations have shown. Analysis of official documents obtained by Daily Trust revealed that 21 members of the committee were paid N19,184,000 from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) of the NHIS on September 14, 2017. The committee sat for three weeks. Breakdown of the payment described as “honorarium for committee IRO Investigation on NHIS” shows…

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