Policemen have been deployed in the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme in preparation for a possible face-off between the suspended Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf, and members of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria.
A source within the NHIS said, “Policemen attached to the FCT have deployed some of their men in the NHIS. The move became necessary in order to forestall a clash between Yusuf’s men and the union.”
Yusuf, who was suspended by the governing council of the NHIS last Thursday, ignored the resolution of the council, insisting that the board had no power to suspend him as this was the exclusive power of the President.
Speaking with The Cable, however, Razaq Omomeji, chairman of the NHIS chapter of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, said Yusuf would meet his waterloo if he stepped into the office on Monday.
Reacting to Yusuf’s non-compliance with the suspension, Omomeji said the suspended ES misinterpreted the Act setting up the agency.
Omomeji explained that the governing board suspended Yusuf, not sack him.
He said by suspending Yusuf, the board lived up to its role as an ambassador of the anti-corruption crusade of the President.
“The council has the power to suspend him and he remains suspended. Not only on suspension, he is to face a panel,” he said.
He added “They are both appointees of the President. Should there be any infraction among them, the council can resolve to put them on suspension.
“They are not sacking him. There are allegations of corruption against him. The panel has decided that he has to face it. So, he can be placed on suspension while the investigation is going on to ascertain the allegations against him.
“Among the reasons he was found wanting is an image capturing machine which the highest amount you can get it in this country is between N400,000 and N450,000; he quoted it as N7.5m to the council.