The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Usman Yusuf, has officially replied the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole.
In his letter dated July 12 on the official letterhead of the NHIS, Mr. Yusuf said he would not comply with the July 6 suspension order, though he acknowledged receiving the letter directing he proceeds on a three months suspension, but gave five reasons why he would not comply with the suspension.
Mr. Usman Yusuf, 54, assumed office at the state-run health insurance provider exactly one year ago.
The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief.
Some reports say the investigation was as a result of a media interview he granted on Channels TV.
The lawmakers accused Mr. Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292 million” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”
However, on Wednesday, the House of Representatives asked the health minister to recall Mr. Yusuf.Meanwhile, on Thursday, a civic group criticised the House of Reps for calling for the recall of the suspended official until the ordered investigation was concluded.
Mr. Adewole had ordered the suspension to allow for unhindered investigation of the corruption allegations.
Following the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, an anti corruption non-governmental organisation, United Youth Alliance Against Corruption, has filed a corruption charge against him, for alleged contract fleecing of N400million and abuse of office.
The suit filed at the Federal High Court Abuja, demanded for immediate investigation and prosecution of Yusuf for allegedly approving and awarding contracts of over N400m, beyond his approval limits of N2.5m.
According to the Group’s Coordinator, Solomon Agbo, the suit is a follow-up to the previous petition written to the Minister of Health and other anti-corruption government agencies.
Usman Yusuf’s Background
Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, was until his appointment a professor of Paediatric Haemetology/Oncology at the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America. He is also a stem cell specialist. Prof. Yusuf who graduated in Medicine from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1982, worked in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States, where he was involved in bone marrow transplant on children