N919m fraud: Buhari sacks NHIS boss, Usman Yusuf

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally sacked the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf after seven months of being recommended for dismissal.

He also approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary.

Concise News recalls that a panel set by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation had last December recommended Yusuf for dismissal for alleged fraud and other misdemeanours.

In the same vein, a panel set up by the Federal Ministry of Health had in 2017 recommended his dismissal following findings that he allegedly mismanaged N919m.

The Director, Media, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, said in a statement that the President had appointed Prof. Mohammed Sambo, as the new head of the NHIS.

The Director, Media, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, in a statement said the change at NHIS followed the recommendations in a report by an Independent Fact-Finding Panel on the leadership of the health agency.

The statement added, “Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the Governing Board of NHIS and directed the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health to exercise full powers of the Council pending the constitution of a new Board.

“President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu as Director–General (DG) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“The appointment is in line with the provisions of section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018.”

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