Reinstated Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, resumed work yesterday, only to be greeted with staff demonstrations against his return.
The staff, under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, led by Branch Chairman, Mr. Razak Omomeji, called out its members to express their rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to return the executive secretary to his seat.
Usman had been suspended from office by Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, following an indictment by an administrative panel, which found him culpable of mismanaging NHIS funds, totaling N919 million and gross insubordination.
Omomeji, who vowed that the staff would continue the protest until Usman was removed, said: “Yusuf has bastardised the scheme and his return would only worsen affairs at the agency.
‘’EFCC is investigating him and President Buhari should allow the investigation be concluded and the report made public before recalling him.”
The staff numbering about 60, commenced the protest at the NHIS headquarters building at Jabi district but were later joined by their colleagues numbering a little over 35 from the annex office in Wuse II district of the FCT.
The protesting staff, who wielded placards with such inscriptions as “Buhari maintain your anti-corruption stand”, “Say no to Yusufgate” ,“No to nepotism and religiousity.”