Nigeria: Council, ES Write Buhari As Protest Slows Down NHIs

Nigeria: NHIs-Unions Ask Yusuf to Obey Suspension Order
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xecutive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Professor Usman Yusuf and the governing council have written President Muhammadu Buhari over the crisis rocking the scheme. The council chaired by Dr. Eyantu Efene had last week suspended Professor Yusuf indefinitely over allegations of infractions and misconducts. Yusuf, however, has ignored the suspension insisting that the council lacks the power to take that action. This has led to protest for and against the ES at the NHIS headquarters in Abuja. It was gathered that the council wrote its petition through the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, while Professor Yusuf wrote his. A source said the president has referred the petitions to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami for legal advice. The source said both parties cited the country’s constitution to justify their positions. “All of them have stated their position on the matter. Honestly, every one of them cited sections of the constitution to justify the actions taken. The matter has gone to the AGF for advice,” a top presidency source said. Meanwhile, the ongoing protest at the NHIS headquarters over the resumption of Prof Yusuf after his ‘suspension’ by the governing council, has slowed down activities at the agency. Our reporter who was at NHIS premises yesterday discovered that the union protesting against the ES is insisting that the ES must step aside. Staffs were seen around the office premise as protesters continue in their protest. The chairman, NHIS Joint Workers Union, Olawuyi Kayode said they will continue the protest until their voices are heard. But the secretary, Association of Civil Servants of Nigeria (ACSN), NHIS chapter, Innocent Abbah said, the office is calm except for some people who have been mobilised that are still outside the gate in protest against the ES resumption. One of the protesters said they are waiting to hear from the president and see what action the FG will take.

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