The FG probe panel which was set up to investigate the National Health Insurance Scheme crisis, has recommended sack of NHIS boss, Prof Usman Yusuf and dissolution of the board.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof Usman Yusuf who has been on suspension since November 2018, had a strained relationship with members of staff of the agency; local unions, health management organisations and health care providers. He was also accused of embarrassing the government through his unguarded social media comments, after he said “Fu*k the Minister of Health” during an interview with The PUNCH in 2017.
The FG probe panel which is a seven-man committee headed by Dr Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary, recommended sack of the NHIS boss but not his prosecution. The panel also added that Yusuf deserved to be dismissed for failing to explore internal administrative remedies before suing the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the NHIS last November.
The report read in part, “Relieve the executive secretary of his appointment. Justification: Inability to work in harmony with all the relevant stakeholders in the scheme for the attainment of the scheme’s mandate.
“Established cases of infractions of the Public Service Rules i.e. insubordination and refusal to carry out lawful instructions from superior authorities (governing council and the Federal Ministry of Health) contrary to PSR Rule 030301 (0), unauthorised public utterances contrary to Rule 030421 (id), and relevant service-wide circulars.
“Established cases of infraction of the following provisions of the Public Procurement Act: Sections 16(6) and 32(7). Infraction of Rule 3125(i) (a) and (b) of the Financial Regulations; Embarrassed government through unguarded social media comments.”