The new Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, has officially resumed for duty a day President Muhammadu Buhari sacked his predecessor, Executive Secretary NHIS, Professor Usman Yusuf, over alleged corruption.
A statement issued by the Director, Media, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Monday said President Buhari appointed Professor Mohammed Sambo, as the new head of the NHIS.
President Buhari also approved the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu as Director–General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the governing board of the 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 stated that, “Following the recommendations of report by an independent fact-finding panel on the NHIS, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, who has been on administrative leave and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Sambo as the new executive secretary.
“The appointment is in line with the provisions of Section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018.”