Senior workers accuse NHIS boss of fraud, demand his sack

Senior workers accuse NHIS boss of fraud, demand his sack

- Senior workers at the NHIS has accused the scheme boss of fraud

- The workers are asking the federal government to sack Yusuf and investigate him

- This is the not the first time staff of the NHIS would be accusing Yusuf of fraud

Again, the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme(NHIS), Usman Yusuf, has been accused of fraud by senior staff of the scheme who have petitioned the Nigerian government to immediately sacked him and try him for fraud.

Premium Times reports that the senior workers restated some of the alleged misconducts over which Yusuf was suspended from office last year and accused him of refusing to turn a new leaf since his reinstatement.

The head of Abuja secretariat of the association of senior civil servants, Isaac Ojemhenke, who addressed the conference on Monday, October 8, said the NHIS boss spent millions of naira belonging to the scheme on his personal needs, in contravention of rules guiding the civil service.

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The association alleged eight different fraudulent acts against Yusuf.

Ojemhenke said the executive secretary collected about N3.6 million to fuel seven vehicles attached to himself while he was on suspension.

He said since his recall to office, Yusuf has embarked on activities capable of jeopardising industrial peace and harmony in the scheme.

On Monday, the senior workers also alleged that Yusuf fraudulently awarded a contract of N17.5 million to his brother’s company. This, Ojemhenke said, was for the training of NHIS staff on capacity building on communication strategy in public service delivery which took place in Benin City, Edo state.

Yusuf was also alleged to have brought his nephew, Hassan Kabir, to the procurement department of the scheme to pave way for him to award a contract of N46,798,512.00 to his brother’s company.

The association also said Yusuf attempted to move N25 billion of enrollees fund for investment barely 24 hours before the inauguration of the NHIS governing council.

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Yusuf was also accused of disregarding a directive to recover N14,158,000.00 paid to him and four others for a trip to The Netherlands.

The association said the ES has continued to pay himself “undeserved and illegal allowances”, while allegedly claiming he has the ears of the authorities and such, nothing will happen to him.

Ojemhenke described Yusuf’s conduct as a clear case of financial recklessness, abuse of office and breach of financial regulations.

In an attempt to end their dispute with him, the workers said they met with Mr Yusuf before his suspension but he rebuffed them.

As part of its protest, the association had earlier sent a petition to the governing council of the agency. earlier reported that the worker’s union of the National Health Insurance Scheme on Thursday, February 8, staged a protest against the reinstatement of the suspended executive secretary of the scheme, Professor Usman Yusuf.

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