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Only Buhari can remove me from office – NHIS Boss to Health Minster



NHIS Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf has rejected the recent directive by the Minister of Health to go on three months suspension.

Yusuf was ordered by the Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole on July 7, to proceed on three months suspension to pave way for an investigation following petitions written against him, one of ehich was the procurement of a N58m SUV without due process.

According to Premium Times, the Senate had earlier launched an investigation into Yusuf’s administration, accusing him of “corrupt expenditure of N292m” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority”.

However, in a letter dated July 12, 2017 Usman gave reason for his inability to comply with the directive.

According to him, under the Act setting up the scheme, the appointment and removal of the executive secretary is at the instance of the President.

“Except removed from office by the President under the circumstances specified in the NHIS Act, my appointment is for a period of five years. This is subject to a further term of the same period at the discretion of the President,’’ the letter read.

The embattled executive secretary, however said although the NHIS Act empowered the minister to give directive of general nature to the Governing Council of the scheme and could exercise presidential mandate in the absence of the council such powers did not include “discipline, suspension or removal of the Executive Secretary  of the Scheme from office.”

Usman, therefore added that “the directive in your letter under reference cannot find comfort under the said section of Presidential mandate.”

He further argued that the minister’s directive is not in compliance with the Public Service Rules as no prima facie case had been established against him in respect of the petitions referred to in the suspension letter.

“The mere fact that there are pending petitions against a public officer which are yet to be substantiated does not constitute  a ground for suspension under Public Service Rules.”

He said the petitions referred to by the minister were also being investigated by the ICPC, which was yet to submit its findings.

“In the light of the above, I wish to humbly urge that the Honourable Minister should allow the investigations of these petitions to follow due process,” he said.

The House of Representatives had also ordered Yusuf’s reinstatement, a directive that is not binding on the health ministry.


  1. Wale Vintage

    July 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Ehn ehn…is it okay for the Ag. President to fire you? Same ol’ northern man sense of entitlement and arrogance. You stole or misappropriated funds entrusted with you and they are investigating you, a shameful person will step aside to show he is not guilty and he truly wants a wholesome investigation done. Ah no, I am an aboki mallam, no one can touch me. Arrogant bastards!

  2. Carlos

    July 15, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    @ Wale … It will be good to understand the issues before you comment. He is rather been sacked for exposing fraud by the middlemen called HMOs syphoning NHIS funds. So dont just insult a northerner ‘cos you hate them, try and understand the issues and dont always be in a hurry to comment.

    • Wakes Vintage

      July 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      @Carlos, my comment is based on what was presented, there is no where in the article that states that he is being (actually suspended not sacked like you mentioned-two different things) for exposing fraud. It states that he is being investigated for the way he is spending money. You remember in school we are asked to based our summary on what is presented and not what we know privately?Hmm hmm…either way his comment of dissing his boss publicly should not have been made-conclusion northern arrogance. They are mostly all the same. I don’t hate northern s but they are what they are…

    • jinkelele

      July 15, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you. Best thing to happen to NIhis. This man should stay

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