The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria,ASCSN, has called for the resignation of the Executive Secretary National Health Service Scheme,NHIS ,Professor Usman Yusuf,on allegation of corruption.
At a media briefing in Abuja the Head of Abuja Office ,ASCSN, Comrade Isaac Ojemheuke alleged that the Executive Secretary ,since his recall to office had embarked on activities capable of jeopardizing industrial harmony in the scheme.
He also alleged that the Executive Secretary, in many occasions tried to invest the scheme funds and use same for his personal gains.
“Since his recall to office, the ES has embarked on activities capable of jeopardizing industrial peace and harmony in the Scheme as well as causing division among the staff along ethnic, tribal and religious lines, possibly in an attempt to cover up all his dirty tracks in the area of maladministration, incompetence and corruption”.
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“The ES had equally engaged in corrupt nepotism in November, 2016 by fraudulently awarding to Lubekh Nigeria Limited a contract for training of NHIS staff on capacity building on communication strategy in public service delivery at the cost of N17,500,000.00 (Seventeen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) which took place in Benin City, Edo State. This is a gross abuse of Office, Official Trust and evident violation of Section 57(12) (b) of the Public Procurement Act 2007 which states that “a conflict of interest exists where a person possess a direct or service provider that is inherently unethical or that may be implied or constued to be or make possible person gain due to person’s ability to influence dealing”,
Comrade Ojemheuke who called on the anti corruption agencies to proceed with the investigation of the NHIS Boss claimed NHIS Property was also diverted .
“Diversion of NHIS property in the name of setting up “HOME OFFICE”. Before his suspension in August, 2016, Professor Usman Yusuf has moved several items/asset of the scheme to his residence in the name of setting up home office.”
.’This is totally strange in the public service and it is an outright abuse of office. No public service rules/regulations allow for setting up or maintaining of home office by public officers. Apart from violating public service rules and financial regulations, there is no proper record of items and assets so far moved by Professor Usman Yusuf to his house under the guise of setting up home office. It is on record that just in August, 2018, four security fire proof safes were procured and moved to his personal house under this funny arrangement”,
” Allocation of an unprecedented seven official vehicles to himself and payment of monthly allowance of whooping sum of N500, 000.00(five hundred thousand naira) for fueling the vehicles. Also has seven(7) policemen attached to himself at a monthly expense of N565, 000.00 (five hundred and sixty five thousand naira). All attempts by the council to make him tow the line of financial discipline and prudency in the face of dwindling resources of the scheme has been resisted by him claiming that it is within his rights to allocate any number of vehicles and policemen to himself notwithstanding monetization policy of the government”.he added.
The Head of Abuja Office, ASCSN, said there was the need for the NHIS Executive Secretary to step aside in order to serve as a lesson to others and inline with president Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption in the country.