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NHIS Boss’ Reinstatement Wont Stop EFCC Probe



Leadership Nigeria News Today

The reinstatement of the  suspended executive Secretary of  National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS), Prof  Usman Yusuf will not stop ongoing probe  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), LEADERSHIP can authoritatively report.

A competent source told our correspondent yesterday that the present administration was poised to ensure the anti-graft agency complete all investigations so as to consolidate the war on corruption.

‘EFCC will complete all its investigations on all cases so as to establish the veracity or otherwise”

Meanwhile,   a top presidency  source said the government recalled the suspended NHIS Boss because some of the allegations leveled against him could not be substantiated.

Our source said “It is necessary to clear the air on some misconception about the recall. There has been a rash of reactions since the story of the recall of Prof. Usman Yusuf, the executive secretary of the NHIS broke yesterday”.

Continuing, he said “It is however necessary to put out some points that have been deliberately kept away from the public.

His words: “Some of the allegations brought against the Executive Secretary by the UYAC could not be substantiated as in 20 of the 23 allegations, no evidence was brought forward. Others were obviously concocted as there were evident alterations and mix-ups in dates on some of the petitions”.

He insisted that the suspended NHIS Boss hired competent hands “In his bid to strengthen the weaknesses identified in the execution of the insurance scheme and in the procurement processes”

According to our source, his efforts were  eventually thwarted and the officers thereby de-seconded in deference to public service bureaucratic norms as advised by the Federal Ministry of Labour.

He contended that  It was well reported that foreign donor partners were threatening to stop funding of critical projects in the country due to lack of transparency, poor administration and gross incompetence.

He explained that the fact is that It was against this background that President Buhari made the appointment and the ES immediately set to work with a team that he could work with to remedy the situation on the ground.

“It is not unlikely that there are some individuals or groups who are very comfortable with the old order of doing things that are hiding behind the petition writers.

“It is equally clear from the investigation that the Presidency identified an acute lack of capacity in the NHIS as organization and unless a new set of competent managers are found and recruited, the objectives of setting up of the NHIS may remain a mirage”.