The House of Representatives has rejected the 2017 budget proposals of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS. The rejection may not be unconnected with the raging crisis over the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Usman Yusuf. At its sitting on Wednesday, the Chairman of the committee, Chike Okafor, said the committee would not consider the budget of the NHIS until the minister had appeared to explain Mr. Usman’s suspension. The House of Representatives had earlier asked the minister to reinstate Mr. Yusuf, a resolution the ministry ignored. It also asked the minister to halt the re-accreditation of Health Maintenance Organisations, HMOs, pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation of the scheme by the House. The health minister had suspended Mr. Yusuf over corruption allegations, one of which was the procurement of a N58 million SUV without due process. The health minister later explained the reasons for the three months suspension, saying it was to allow unfettered investigations into the allegations. The House and the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had been on the war path over the suspension of Mr. Usman while its committee was investigating alleged rot in the implementation of the scheme.

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