The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday announced the suspension of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, for three months.
Findings by Punch correspondent revealed
that one of the allegations against Yusuf was
that he bought a sport utility vehicle for N58m.
In a statement signed by the Director of
Media and Public Relations at the Ministry of
Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, the minister said
the suspension was due to a series of
petitions written against Yusuf.
The statement read in part, "The Minister of
Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has directed the
Executive Secretary / Chief Executive Officer
of National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof.
Usman Yusuf, to proceed on three months
suspension with immediate effect.
"According to the directive, the suspension
was a result of various allegations and
petitions against him. The minister also said
he had directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look into 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 hand
over to the next most senior general manager
in the agency."