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Face-off over reinstatement of ‘corrupt’ NHIS boss continues as Police takeover headquarters

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Face-off over reinstatement of ‘corrupt’ NHIS boss continues as Police takeover headquarters

Policemen have been drafted to the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme, in Jabi area of Abuja, ostensibly to prevent further protest by the workers of the institution.

NHIS workers had staged a protest against the reinstated Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, as he resumed work last Thursday

The staff, under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, led by Branch Chairman, Mr. Razak Omomeji, called out its members to express their rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to return the executive secretary to his seat.

Omomeji, who vowed that the staff would continue the protest until Usman was removed, said: “Yusuf has bastardised the scheme and his return would only worsen affairs at the agency.

“EFCC is investigating him and President Buhari should allow the investigation be concluded and the report made public before recalling him.”

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Usman had been suspended from office by Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, following an indictment by an administrative panel, which found him culpable of mismanaging NHIS funds, totaling N919 million and gross insubordination.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was also investigating him, as at the time he was issued a letter by the presidency to resume his duties.

It is believed the workers planned to continue their protests today (Monday) to press home their grievances over the resumption of Usman.

But armed policemen took over the NHIS premises, after receiving reports that workers of the agency plan to heighten their protest against the reinstatement of Usman.

 

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