Real reason Buhari reinstated NHIS boss, Yusuf – Rep Okafor


Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Heath Services, Hon. Chike Okafor (APC, Imo), said President Muhammadu Buhari reinstated the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, in respect of a resolution of the legislature.

The lawmaker told newsmen at the weekend that the development would restart a healthy relationship between parliament and the executive arm of government.

He added that with Yusuf’s recall, investigation into the activities of health insurance providers, particularly the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) halted following Yusuf’s suspension by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, will be resumed.

Okafor said: “We will continue with the investigations. And I will tell you that we’ve suspended the investigations because we didn’t recognise the fact that he was suspended. And he was not in the office for us to continue investigating the activities.”

“Resolutions by the National Assembly were badly respected. And by the Minister and the ministry as in this case. I think the President stepped in and asked that the man should be recalled. For me, it’s a good thing and it’s a new thing for our democracy.

“The National Assembly, House of Representatives in particular, came up with a resolution and it should be respected and the man has resumed. And I can tell you quite frankly that the man has resumed. So, it’s a vindication that I was right in the first place to have asked for his reinstatement.

“And I’m glad to learn that part of the reasons the presidency adduced was being the fact that the House of Representatives also called for his reinstatement.

“We didn’t know he has been having issues with the minister. There was no proven case of corruption until the House of Representatives committee had that public hearing where we were investigating the activities of the National Health Insurance in relationship with the HMOs vis-a- vis the inability to deliver to those who enrolled.

“The man (Yusuf) came and made some damning revelations, and the minister was also present at that public hearing and also agreed that the HMOs need to be investigated for us to know what they do with the billions paid to them every month.”


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