President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, who was suspended over allegation of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N919m in the agency.
Yusuf had been found culpable of fraud running into the said sum by a committee, the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, set up to investigate him last year.
The report of the committee stated that he connived with others to perpetrate the alleged crime. It said they carried out the act in the name of conducting training programmes for staff.
In the report, the lead actor in the alleged heist in the person of Yusuf was said to be fond of dropping President Buhari’s name to intimidate officials of the agency who held contrary opinions to his regarding the management of fund.
On account of the report, he was suspended by the Health Minister, and came under the investigations of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, which are still ongoing.
But in apparent passing of vote of confidence on the embattled NHS boss, the presidency reinstated him into his office on Tuesday.
“The NHIS executive secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf has been reinstated today. The Minister of Health, Prof Adewole got the letter of the reinstatement this evening ,” a top bureaucrat was quoted by Daily Trust as saying.