The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has directed the Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, to proceed on three months suspension with immediate effect.
The suspension came weeks after the Senate launched investigations into his activities as the NHIS chief.
The lawmakers accused Mr. Yusuf of “corrupt expenditure of N292m” which he allegedly spent on health care training “without recourse to any appropriate approving authority.”
A statement by Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, on Friday, said the suspension was a result of various allegations and petitions against him.
The minister also directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look in the various allegations in accordance with the Public Service Rules.
Akinola said the suspension was also to allow for an uninterrupted investigation.
He said that Yusuf was directed to handover to the next most senior General Manager in the agency.
He advised staff of the agency a to be law abiding, vigilant and safeguard all government properties including valuable documents. (NAN)