Why I suspended NHIS Executive Secretary, Usman Yusuf — Minister

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole
Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has explained why he directed the Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, to proceed on three months suspension with immediate effect.

This was made known in a statement by Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, on Friday in Abuja.

Mrs. Akinola quoted the minister as saying the suspension was a result of various allegations and petitions against Mr. Yusuf, a professor.

The Minister also directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look in the various allegations in accordance with the Public Service Rules.

Mr. Akinola further quoted the minister as saying the suspension was also to allow for uninterrupted investigation.

He said Mr. Yusuf was directed to hand over to the next most senior General Manager in the agency.

He advised staff of the agency a to be law abiding, vigilant and safeguard all government properties including valuable documents.



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  • Aminu Baba

    Good pre emptive measure from the minister! At least if after 3 months nothing incriminating is found against the NHIS Czar, he could resume his duty without qualms BUT the false whistle blowers should be sanctioned for deterrence against frivolous petitions and for equity for the unjustly maligned civil servant. That is how a Public Service should be run! Once again, Kudos to the minister for being abreast with his onerous responsibilities

    • Kallah Bature

      Nothing may be wrong with the action of the Minister BUT the alleged monumental corruption discovered the Professor during the reign of predecessor must not be swept under the carpet.This may be the case of corruption fighting the innocent man back.Nigerians are watching with keen interest. Nepotism must not play a part in this.

      • patriot

        The efcc or the fed.govt should first investigate or address the petition of one organization against the current Min. Of Health & former Exc.Sec.on financial impropriety.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        This issue is not about the Minister’s predecessor,bigot

  • bashwaziri


    When I watched the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS openning up Pandora box on the Cabal that have hijacked billions of civil servants money on NTA’s Tuesday Live recently, something tells me that he will be challenged. Live on NTA, he asserted clearly how all Health Management Organizations known as HMOs have continued to collect billions of Naira with expired License. He pointed out that 98% of the HMOs are in Lagos. He suggested that HMOs must be decentralised across the regions for effectiveness. He announced plans for accreditation and registration for all HMOs. But remember that in our (CATBAN) Press Conference lately, we mentioned that the likes of Senator David Mark and Pius Anyim Pius are also on the list of the cartels that owned the HMOs.

    God help this country. Can you see the level of impunity being exercise by corruption itself? Now, with all the Auditor General’s Report, DSSS Report, ICPC Report on how the former Executive Secretary, the one that acted before the appointment of the current ES and few of the Directors connived with Banks and HMOs to siphoned over N200 billion, no single suspension from the Minister, no query and no dismissal. But the breaking news is that the Minister of Health has suspended the present Executive Secretary. Pls go on YouTube and search for videos of the patriot and see the kind of persons our corrupt system is suspending.

    The Minister is not asking about the position of the stolen billions as exposed by all reports. May be he has issues with the Auditors and the Security reports? May be he has interest in some of the 13 Banks that swindled 100s of Billions together with Health Management Organizations.

    It is suspious on how the Minister capitalized on some internal auditing lacuna as reasons for the suspenion of thr Executive Secretary. Another most interesting aspect of the unfolding drama is that, on whose directive did the Minister hinge on to suspend an appointee of Mr. President?


  • bulus

    The Nigerian civil service is NOT the place for serious minded, focused, result driven induviduals with integrity….those leeches, criminals and enemies of progress called “evil servants” with their expertise on petition writing would do all within their power including diabolic means to get you down. If I was the president, I’d totally and brutally reform the service, cut it down by at least 60%…replace the remaining 40% with young vibrant 21st century graduates and profesaionals.. spend 78% of our income on these pricks who contribute nothing but pain and poverty to the nation! Certificate and age forgers… I detest Nigerian civil servants

  • Patriotism

    The man’s regime is to fights corrupt practices in NHIS, such as fake beneficiaries, over deduction as government health subsidies, etc. The prof. is not aware of the collaborative looting happening in Nigeria by politicians. The HMOs know the trend, it is chop-i-chop between the stakeholders rendering poor masses vulnerable. You either follow suite or you better go back to academy because as you fight for poor masses, you will be victimize and blackmail. Prof. this is typical corruption fighting back similar to Ibrahim Magu. May God save Nigeria from corruption, particularly collaborative corruption and treasury looting.

  • bashkano

    A hunter is being hunted. We have heard him talk of the mess he met and his resolve to unravel it. But just within a short spell of his revelation he is suspended. Incredible! Anyway, sincerity of purpose will always free an honest person from the shackles of mischief. Time will tell.

  • abodes_124

    elephants don dey fight. make grass no suffer.