NHIS Boss Usman Yusuf

Two labour unions on Tuesday vowed to sustain their ongoing protest over the suspension of the Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, by the board of the scheme.

The trade unions are the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.

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Abdulrazak Omomaji, the Chairman of ASCSN, made this known to reporters in Abuja, while reacting to the statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha that boards and councils have no power to suspend any chief executive without recourse to due process.

However, Omomaji said that the union was still awaiting government reaction to their demands over the allegations of maladministration by Yusuf.

He explained that the Act establishing the NHIS was unique, as it gives the governing council the powers to suspend the executive secretary.

“I want to clarify that the Act which establishes the NHIS is different from the other government parastatals which are guided by boards and directors.

“The governing council of the NHIS, however, acted within its jurisdiction, they are the chief security officer of the organisation and have the powers to discipline and suspend.

“Let it be clear that the Council has not removed Prof. Usman Yusuf, but have asked him to step aside for investigations after which findings will be forwarded to the Minister of Health.

“The Council is therefore in order, and we shall continue with the protest as we await government’s reaction,’’ the chairman said.