Health and Safety Politics

Reinstated by Buhari, NHIS boss again suspended indefinitely

Written by Maritime First

…As SON confirms reports of Chinese drugs containing human flesh***

The Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf who was recently reinstated on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, has again been suspended indefinitely by the NHIS Governing Council, over alleged gross misconduct.

The Chairman of the council, Mrs Eyantu Efene who announced this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, also said the council took the decision to suspend Yusuf, after several deliberations; with the approval of the Minister of Health.

The suspension came, just as the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) confirmed the receipt of a letter sent in respect of some Chinese Drugs reportedly made from human flesh.

“The council has received a lot of petitions and have observed infractions in the system that cannot be ignored.
“Based on detailed examination and review of the documents, the council has decided to set up an administrative panel within three months to carry out a thorough investigation of the issues.
“The Council has also suspended the Executive Secretary, NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, indefinitely to allow the panel carryout their investigation.
“The Acting Executive Secretary will now be Mallam Sadiq Adamu,’’ she said, assuring Nigerians of  transparency and accountability.

She explained that the council has the powers to manage NHIS in accordance with the provision of the Act establishing the scheme, and to determine the overall policies of the scheme including financial and operative procedures.

“Our powers as a council is derived from the law and our decisions are based on appropriate actions to ensure that the objectives of the scheme are achieved.
“We want to ensure that the scheme works in transparency and delivers best services to Nigerians,’’ she added.
Efene listed about nine alleged gross infractions committed by Yusuf from July 29, 2016, when he was appointed, to date.

They included his (executive secretary) involvement in the 2018 budget crisis, which included the removal of N264 million perfected through budget padding.
“The removal of N100 million posting and transfer provisions, the removal of the frivolous provision of N50 million for an additional SUV for the ES considering that one was acquired for him last year.

“Fraudulent inflation of the cost of biometric capturing machines at a unit cost of N11,500,000.00, whereas the market cost is only between N700,000.00 and N1,4000,000.00 depending on specifications.
“An attempt to illegally execute N30 billion investment in FGN bond, the unlawful staff posting and wilful defiance of council directives, superfluous arrogation of project vehicles, insubordinate conduct by the ES, among others,” she said.

It would be recalled that Yusuf was earlier suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in June 2017 over alleged official misconduct; but was later reinstated by the Federal Government on Feb. 6, 2018, after he was found clean of the allegations by an administrative panel.

Meanwhile the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has confirmed a receipt of a National Intelligence Agency (NIA) letter, in respect of some Chinese Drugs reportedly containing human flesh.

The  earlier alerted the SON, National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Customs Service on a Chinese drugs made with human flesh.

It was further learnt that the drugs consisted of capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies.

They were made in North Eastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.

Thousands of the drugs were first confiscated in South Korea in 2012.

In 2011, Chinese officials launched investigations into the production of drugs made from dead fetuses.

The capsules were disguised as stamina boosters and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease.

Additional report from The Citizen


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