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Presidency summons Minster of Health, acting head of NHIS to Aso Rock

Minister of health, Isaac Adewole and Attahiru Ibrahim, acting executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have been summoned to the presidential villa in Abuja.

 

Ayo Osinlu, head, media and public relations of the scheme, disclosed this to NAN on Wednesday.

 

This could be in relation to the reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, suspended executive secretary of the organisation, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Osinlu said Yusuf had not reported to the office since his reinstatement.

 

“NHIS Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf is yet to resume office after his reinstatement by the federal government on Tuesday, February 6,” NAN quoted him to have said.

 

“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.”

 

In July, Isaac Adewole, minister of health, suspended Yusuf for three months over allegations of fraud.

 

Adewole had set up a committee to probe the NHIS ES. The minister said the investigative committee found Yusuf culpable in the discharge of his responsibilities.

 

At the end of the three months, the minister extended the suspension indefinitely.

 

The minister said while the report of the committee had been forwarded to the president, Yusuf’s suspension had been extended “pending the decision of Mr President”.

 

The executive secretary had challenged the authority of Adewole, arguing that only Buhari could take such action against him.

 

He had said the allegations referred to by the minister were also being investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), which had not submitted its findings as of the time he was asked to step aside.

 

But Adewole said Yusuf’s response to the petition was unsatisfactory.

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