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President Buhari Fires NHIS Boss Usman Yusuf     

President Buhari has appointed Prof. Mohammed Sambo as the new NHIS boss.       

Funsho Akinwale

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, fired Professor Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme.

His dismissal is coming seven months after a panel set up against his misconducts recommended him for sack over alleged fraud among other issues.

Apart from the recent recommendation that relieved him of his job, he was some time in 2017 recommended for dismissal after findings indicated that he allegedly misappropriated N919 million.

A statement released by Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director, Media, Federal Ministry of Health, confirmed the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Sambo as the new replacement for the NHIS.

“Following the recommendations of report by an independent fact finding panel on the NHIS, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, who has been on administrative leave and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Sambo as the new executive secretary.”

“Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the governing board of the NHIS and directed the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, to exercise full powers of the council pending the constitution of a new board.

“President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu as Director –General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The appointment is in line with the provisions of Section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (Establishment) Act, 2018,” the statement read.