Nigerian government suspends NHIS boss

Gloria Essien, Abuja

The  Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS),Prof. Usman Yusuf to proceed on three months suspension with immediate effect.

The directive was contained in an official communication signed by the Minister.

According to the directive, the suspension was a result of various allegations and petitions against him.

The minister also said that an investigative committee is to be set up to look in the various allegations in accordance with the Public Service Rules.

The suspension became necessary to allow for an uninterrupted investigation. Prof. Usman Yusuf was however directed to handover to the next most Senior General Manager in the Agency.

Members of staff of the agency are advised to be law abiding, vigilant and safeguard all Government properties including valuable documents.

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