Some employees of the National Health Insurance Scheme under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria and the Joint Health Sector Union on Thursday paralysed activities at the NHIS. They demanded the removal of the recently reinstated Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf.
The protest began about 40 minutes after Yusuf resumed at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja.
The unionists who sang protest songs said the reinstatement of Yusuf would thwart his investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The protesters, who described the reinstatament saga as ‘Yusufgate’, said it was a mockery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
Addressing journalists on the premises of the agency, the Chairman of the NHIS arm of the union, Mr. Razaq Omomeji, said the protests would continue until Buhari reversed Yusuf’s reinstatement.
Omomeji said Yusuf had bastardised the scheme and his return would only worsen affairs at the agency.
It would be recalled that President Buhari had earlier on Tuesday reinstated Mr. Yusuf after he was suspended by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, following allegations of gross misconduct.
A panel commissioned by the Prof. Adewole after Mr. Yusuf’s suspension had found him culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds.