Health Minister humiliated, reinstated NHIS executive secretary resumes

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Usman Yusuf, the allegedly corrupt executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), whose recall attracted a lot of condemnation recently, has resumed work.

Yusuf resumed at his office in Abuja on Tuesday, according to Daily Trust. He told the newspaper that he had a meeting with some key officials of the agency.

“I have resumed. You know, the reinstatement is with immediate effect. I will be in the office tomorrow (Thursday),” he was quoted as saying.

The news of Yusuf’s reinstatement broke on Tuesday. It was gathered that Yusuf met with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa, alongside Professor Adewole and the immediate past acting executive secretary of the agency, Malam Attahiru Ibrahim.

His reinstatement triggered criticisms from many Nigerians but the federal government, in response, said the development does not stop his probe by the anti-graft agencies.

“I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating the recently reinstated executive secretary of NHIS but if that is the case, I don’t think his reinstatement is a bar to any investigation,” Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had said.

On July 6, Isaac Adewole, minister of health, suspended Yusuf over allegations of fraud levelled against him.

Since his appointment on July 29, 2016, Yusuf is said to have violated procurement laws and dished out contracts to cronies. His suspension was triggered by the alleged purchase of a Prado SUV  for N58 million shortly before Ramadan, though his approval limit was N2.5 million.

His suspension at the time had resulted in intrigues after the NHIS boss told the minister he has no powers to suspend him.

The house of representatives had also called for his reinstatement, pending the outcome of the probe into the allegations against him.

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