Senior, Middle Civil Servants disagree over call for suspension of NHIS boss

October 11th, 2018

By Hassan Zaggi

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to compel the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Yusuf Usman, to step aside over alleged financial indiscipline.

The group stated this at a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday.

This is even as some middle level and junior workers of the NHIS in an interview with The AUTHORITY have called on the federal government to disregard the call by the ASCSN as according to them, “they are a bunch of selfish individuals.”

Investigation by The AUTHORITY, revealed that the call by the ASCSN is based on the posting of four top managers of the NHIS to head other sensitive positions for optimal productivity by the Executive Secretary of the NHIS last week.

The action, The AUTHORITY findings revealed, the four affected managers are not comfortable with, hence, allegedly instigating the ASCSN to call for removal of the ES.

Speaking on behalf of the senior civil servants, the Head of Abuja Secretariat of the ASCSN, Isaac Ojamhenke, said: “A recent attempt by the ES to victimize 4 directors in the Scheme has led to another revelation of how the ES had, through the aborted illegal secondment done in November, 2016, brought to the Scheme his nephew, Hassan Kabir Yar’Adua and posted him to procurement department to pave way for a possible arbitrary evaluation and consideration of his father’s company – Lubekh Nigeria Limited for consultancy for media and special public relations in the NHIS at a contract sum of N46,798,512.00.”

Explaining what he described as the new sins of the NHIS boss, Ojamhenke said: “Clandestine attempts by Prof Usman to move a whooping sum of N25 billion naira of enrollees fund for investment barely 24 hours before the inauguration of the NHIS Governing Council.  When this move failed, he engaged in a further crafty move to get approval for dubious investment of another staging N30 billion.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Prof Yusuf on March 5, 2018, less than 24 hours to the inauguration of the NHIS Governing Council engaged in a hurried move to release for investment 25 billion naira without regard to approving authority and due process.  This move was frustrated by some dedicated General Managers (Directors) in the Scheme who insisted that due process must be followed.

“On his failure to achieve this move in the Scheme, Prof. Usman earmarked for attrition the general managers who scuttled his move while he repackaged/redesigned the proposal, this time around, on the need to urgently invest the Scheme’s residual funds. “

However, speaking with The AUTHORITY on the condition of anonymity, some workers of the NHIS accused the ASCSN of supporting their colleagues to disobey constituted authority and cause unnecessary tension in the Scheme.

“Which law prevents the head of government agency from posting managers within and outside the headquarters of the organization? Some of the managers affected by the new posting were posted to head other departments within the headquarters while others were posted to head state headquarters, is that a breach of the civil service rules? “With this show of resistance by the affected managers, it means that they have something they are hiding.

“The federal government and indeed, the entire Nigerians should disregard this selfish and corrupt group of people who are trying to cause confusion and unnecessary acrimony in the Scheme,” one of the NHIS middle level staff said.

 

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