by Laide Akinboade, Abuja
After being indicted and recommended for sack about seven months ago, at last the embattled former Executive secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, has been sacked.
In a statement issued by Ministry of Health, signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and made available to the media in Abuja, said the President has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary and to take effect immediately.
It would be recalled that about seven months ago a panel set up by Secretary to the Government of the Federation recommended Yusuf for Dismissal for alleged fraud and other misdemeanours.
The panel allegedly indicted Yusuf of mismanagement of N919 million and therefore recommended his dismissal.
Buhari also approved 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.
The statement reads, “Following the recommendations of report by an
Independent Fact Finding Panel on National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Current Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf who has been on administrative leave and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary
“Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the Governing Board of 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 Andreas Ihekweazu as Director –General (DG) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC).the appointment is in line with the provisions of section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018”.