Atahiru Ibrahim become Acting Secretary NHIS
Prof. Isaac Adewale, Minister of Health
The Federal Government on Tuesday appointed Mallam Attahiru Ibrahim as Acting Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Ibrahim’s appointment followed the suspension of the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, over his alleged poor handling of the scheme.
The new acting executive secretary, until his appointment, was the General Manager in charge of Contributions Management Department at NHIS Headquarters in Abuja.
Ibrahim, according to a statement issued by the Head of Media and Public Relations at NHIS, Odoh Onuh, promised to sustain the re-accreditation process of Health Management Organisations (HMOs) and the monthly payment for capitation to HMOs.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday suspended Yusuf over his poor handling of the agency.
The statement reads: “The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has directed the Executive Secretary of Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, to proceed on three months suspension with immediate effect.
“According to the directive, the suspension was a result of various allegations and petitions against him. The minister also said he had directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look into the various allegations in accordance with the public service rules.
“The suspension was to allow for an uninterrupted investigation. Prof. Usman Yusuf has been directed to hand over to the next most senior general manager in the agency.”