The embattled Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Prof. Usman Yusuf has alleged that the Permanent Secretary and Directors in the Ministry of Health have shared a whopping sum of N19 million to perfect his indictment over the crisis rocking the agency.
Usman stated this while testifying at the ongoing investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on NHIS Crisis.
Usman further told the Committee that his indictment and subsequently suspension by the Ministry of Health was a preemptive coup aimed at preventing him from submitting a corruption report indicting the heads of the agency on their management of Health Management Organizations HMOs.
Usman also accused the the chairman of the board of the agency of arrogating unrestrained powers he does not have under the Act establishing the agency in 1999.
On whether he fictiously awarded contracts to his cronnies and associate during his tenure as Executive Secretary of the NHIS and whether there is conflict of interest in the award, Usman said there is no such contracts and further dismissed such conflict of interests.
He further said that the procurement process in the award of contract in the agency was transparent as about 28 companies were involved in the tendering and contact selection process before a preferred contractor Lubek Nigeria Ltd which was chosen by the agency for contract execution.
The embattled Executive Secretary also said that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC were directly involved in the contract verification process and have their reports and asked the Committee to verify it.
The Committee Chairman Osai Nicholas therefore asked that the suspended chief executive officer of the agency do avail the Committee the necessary documents to back the claims he made.
Ossai further assured the Committee’s readiness to get to the root cause of the crisis rocking the agency and proffer an enduring solution to the crisis rocking the agency.