“The National Assembly, House of Representatives in particular, came up with a resolution and it should be respected and the man has resumed. And I can tell you quite frankly that the man has resumed. So, it’s a vindication that I was right in the first place to have asked for his reinstatement.
“And I’m glad to learn that part of the reasons the Presidency adduced was the fact that the House of Representatives also called for his reinstatement.”
The lawmaker noted that prior to the investigation by his committee into the activities of the Health Management Organisations. ( HMOs), members had no incline that the NHIS boss had any issues with the Minister.
“We didn’t know he has been having issues with the Minister. There was no proven case of corruption until the House of Reps committee had that public hearing. We were investigating the activities of the National Health Insurance in relationship with the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) vis-a- vis the inability to deliver to the enrollees .
“The man (Yusuf) came and made some damning revelations, and the Minister was also present in that public hearing and also agreed that the HMOs needed to be investigated for us to know what they do with the billions paid to them every month.
“One week down the line, when the investigation was still underway, he was suspended. And we felt the suspension had a lot to do with the position he took and revelations he made at the public hearing and I had to take the matter before the House for witness protection for Yusuf.
Okafor informed that with the recall of the NHIS boss, the committee’s initial investigation into the activities of the Health Management Organisations ( HMOs) would continue adding that the recall also prompted his committee to sit with the Minister over the Ministry’s budget.
“We would continue. I’ll tell you that we suspended the investigation because we didn’t recognize that he was suspended and he was not in the office for us to continue our investigative activities”, he stated.
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