Reps: We’re vin­di­cated on NHIS boss

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

TheHouse­ofRep­re­sen­ta­tives is vin­di­cated on its res­o­lu­tion that the sus­pen­sion of the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Scheme (NHIS) Prof Us­man Yusuf was wrong, the chair­man of the com­mit­tee on health­care ser­vices, Chike Okafor has said.

Yusuf was sus­pended in July last year by the Min­is­ter of Health Prof Isaac Ade­wale, cit­ing cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against the NHIS boss and or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Con­se­quently, the House in a mo­tion by Okafor de­manded Yusuf’s re­call and re­solved to probe the mat­ter. But Yusuf was on Tues­day re­in­stated by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Chike, whose com­mit­tee was given the task of in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue, told Daily Trust on Sun­day in Abuja that Yusuf’s re­in­state­ment was a wel­come de­vel­op­ment, ap­plaud­ing Buhari for tak­ing the bold de­ci­sion.

“I can sim­ply say that we have been vin­di­cated. The Na­tional Assem­bly, House of Reps, es­pe­cially my com­mit­tee has been vin­di­cated. I want to thank the pres­i­dent for lis­ten­ing and agree­ing with us”

“We faulted the sus­pen­sion in the first place when it was made. We felt that it wasn’t right, be­cause it was com­ing on the heels of his ap­pear­ance be­fore an in­ves­tiga­tive hear­ing that we con­ducted on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the scheme and HMOs.

“We felt that his sus­pen­sion was as a re­sult of the rev­e­la­tions that he made dur­ing the hear­ing. We sought to pro­tect him and asked that the House should com­pel the min­is­ter to re­call him,” he said.

Rivers State Gover­nor, Nye­som Ezenwo Wike (mid­dle), Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki (left) and Se­na­tor Mag­nus Abe, dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing Ser­vice in honor of elected APC Na­tional and State Assem­bly mem­bers in Port Har­court on Satur­day. PHOTO: Simeon Nwaka

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