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BREAKING: Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s NHIS suspended

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BREAKING: Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s NHIS suspended

BREAKING: Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s NHIS suspended

NEWISSUES, Abuja

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf, has been suspended. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, approved the suspension on Thursday with immediate effect, sources familiar with the development confirmed to NEWISSUES.

Mr. Yusuf, 54, took over the state-run health insurance provider on July 29, 2016. A eloquent man, he has complained recently of the NHIS not getting the desire result as it has not reached the people it is supposed to cater for.

But his reign has been fraught with allegations of fraud. The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief.

The lawmakers accused Mr. Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292 million” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”

The NHIS chief has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. Yusuf denied he had been suspended, telling PREMIUM TIMES reporters who reached him that the allegations against him are unfounded.

“Who told you I have been suspended or that I did any sharp practices? The person should come forward with proofs,” he said.

But multiple sources in the NHIS and the Health Ministry confirmed that Mr. Yusuf received his suspension letter Thursday evening.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, did not immediately respond to requests for comments Thursday night.

Boade Akinola and Odoh Onuh, spokespersons for the Health Ministry and NHIS, both said in separate phone interviews that they weren’t aware of such development before leaving their respective offices on Thursday.

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