also approves appointment of NCDC DG
ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the controversial Executive Secretary, of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Prof. Usman Yusuf and also approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary.
Prof. Yusuf has been on administrative leave over an alleged involvement of N919 million Fraud and was being investigated.
According to a statement today by Mrs. Boade Akinola, the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, the change at NHIS followed the recommendations in a report by the Independent Fact Finding Panel on the leadership of the health agency.
“Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the Governing Board of NHIS and directed the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health to exercise full powers of the Council pending the constitution of a new Board,” the statement further said.
Mrs Akinola also announced the President’s approval of the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu as Director–General (DG) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“The appointment is in line with the provisions of section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018,” she said.