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NHIS Boss’ Recall Signals A Healthy Executive/Legislature Relationship – Reps

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The House of Representatives has commended the Presidency over it’s decision to reinstate the suspended Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf saying it is a reflection of the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

The Chairman of the House committee on Heath Services, Hon. Chike Okafor, who stated this at the weekend, said the recall of the embattled executive secretary is a good sign that President Muhammadu Buhari listened to the National Assembly’ view on the matter adding that the committee was vindicated for calling for Yusuf’s reinstatement in the first instance.
“Resolutions by the National Assembly were hardly respected. And by the Minister and the ministry as in this case. I think the President stepped in and asked that the man should be recalled. For me, it’s a good thing and it’s a new thing for our democracy.

“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.

 “As a matter of fact, those were mere allegations leveled against him and they were not yet substantiated and the Minister suspended him. We owed him that duty of protection,” the lawmaker said.

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.

Leadership recalls that the Executive Secretary was suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole on allegations of corruption.


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