Police storm NHIS office over Prof. Usman Yusuf reinstatement

Prof Usman Yusuf was reinstated Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, by President Muhammadu Buhari

Policemen have been drafted to the office of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, in Abuja following workers’ protest over the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf.

Yusuf was reinstated by the Federal Government on Tuesday, February 6.

Yusuf was suspended in June 2017 by the Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, following allegations of gross misconduct.

Last week, Ayo Osinlu, Head, Media and Public Relations of NHIS, confirmed that Yusuf was yet to officially resume work.

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Osinlu told NAN that: “NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf is yet to resume after his reinstatement by the Federal Government on Tuesday, February 6.

“The acting Executive Secretary, Malam Attahiru Ibrahim, and the Minister of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, were invited to the Presidential Villa and we are waiting the outcome of the meeting,” he said.

NAN recalls that Yusuf was suspended in June 2017 by Adewole following allegations of gross misconduct.

NAN reports that there is normalcy in the premises of the agency while security agents were seen keeping vigil.

NHIS is a body corporate established under Act 35 of 1999 Constitution by the Federal Government of Nigeria to improve the health of all Nigerians at an affordable cost through various prepayment systems.

The Scheme established under Act 35 of 1999 by the Federal Government of Nigeria, is aimed at providing easy access to healthcare for all Nigerians at an affordable cost through various prepayment systems.

NHIS is totally committed to securing universal coverage and access to adequate and affordable healthcare in order to improve the health status of Nigerians, especially for those participating in the various programmes/products of the Scheme.

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