The Federal Government on Monday, suspended more management staff of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, over alleged maladministration and mismanagement by officials.
The officers’ suspension is contained in a statement issued by the Ministry and signed by Director, Media and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, on behalf of the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, in Abuja.
The statement reads; “In furtherance to the activities of the investigative panel of inquiry and the desire to have an uninterrupted and robust investigation of all petitions at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), including Security reports on Maladministration and Mismanagement by officials of the Agency, the Honourable Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has approved the suspension of the following officers, in order to pave way for thorough investigation.
“The affected officers are as follow: Olufemi Akingbade – General Manger, Zonal Coordinator South- South Zone, John Okon – General Manger, Finance Account, Yusuf Fatika – General Manger, Human Resources and Administration, Shehu Adamu – Assistant General Manager, Audit, Vincent Mamdam – Assistant General Manager, Head Insurance, Safiyanu Attah – Senior Assistant Officer, Marketing, Owen Udo Udoma-Senior Manager, Contribution Management, and Innocent Abbah- Senior Assistant Officer, Planning Research and Monitoring”.
He continued, “The Minister urged the committee to ‘’ to remain focused, fair and transparent in the discharge of this National task despite the sensation this development has generated.
“The Acting Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Mr. Attahiru Ibrahim has also been directed to ensure the immediate implementation of the suspension order”.
It would be recalled that on the 7th July, 2017, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole suspended the Executive Secretary / Chief Executive Officer of NHIS, Usman Yusuf, over petitions and allegations levelled against him.