President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, to proceed on administrative leave starting from November 5.
In a statement on Wednesday by the permanent secretary (general services office) Mr Olusegun Adekunle, for the secretary to the government of the federation, says the decision is to allow for unfettered investigation into allegations of infractions and financial malfeasance levelled against the NHIS boss.
“In order to create room for an unfettered investigation, Mr President has approved that the Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf should proceed on administrative leave immediately.
“In his absence, Mr Ben Omogo, a Director of Administration in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been deployed to oversee the affairs of the Scheme,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, a 7-man Panel has been constituted to probe the allegations against Prof Yusuf.
The panel, headed by Dr. Hassan Bukar, has 2 weeks to submit its report.
The panel’s terms of reference include to investigate infractions alleged against the ES and determine his culpability; identify, investigate and make recommendations on the issues that led to the frosty relations between the Governing Council and the ES; examine all governance challenges in NHIS and make appropriate recommendations among others.
The formal inauguration of the panel is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2018 in the office of the SGF.
Earlier in the month, the board suspended Prof. Yusuf over allegations of corruption and financial infractions.