The panel set up by the Federal Government to investigate the crisis in the National Health Insurance Scheme has recommended immediate dismissal of the Executive Secretary of the agency, Prof Usman Yusuf.
A copy of the report which was obtained by The PUNCH accused Yusuf of breaching the Public Procurement Act as well as the Public Service Rules.
The seven-man committee headed by Dr Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary, nonetheless, did not recommend Yusuf for prosecution.
The committee added that the NHIS boss, who has been on suspension since November 2018, had an unhealthy relationship with members of staff of the agency; local unions, health management organisations and health care providers.
This, the panel said, would have a negative effect on the health sector if he was allowed to retain his position.
Yusuf, who said, “Fu*k the Minister of Health” during an interview with The PUNCH in 2017, was also accused of embarrassing the government through his unguarded social media comments.
The committee said the NHIS boss deserved to be dismissed for failing to explore internal administrative remedies before suing the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the NHIS last November.
The report read in part, “Relieve the executive secretary of his appointment. Justification: Inability to work in harmony with all the relevant stakeholders in the scheme for the attainment of the scheme’s mandate.
“Established cases of infractions of the Public Service Rules i.e. insubordination and refusal to carry out lawful instructions from superior authorities (governing council and the Federal Ministry of Health) contrary to PSR Rule 030301 (0), unauthorised public utterances contrary to Rule 030421 (id), and relevant service-wide circulars.
“Established cases of infraction of the following provisions of the Public Procurement Act: Sections 16(6) and 32(7).
“Infraction of Rule 3125(i) (a) and (b) of the Financial Regulations;
“Embarrassed government through unguarded social media comments.”
The panel also recommended for immediate removal the 13 senior officers improperly seconded to the NHIS from other government agencies by the suspended NHIS boss.
The committee also recommended the immediate dissolution of the Dr Eyanatu Ifienne-led NHIS governing council for suspending Yusuf when it clearly had no constitutional powers to do so.
It said there was a crisis within the governing council of the scheme and this could negatively affect the smooth running of the agency.
The report partly read, “Dissolve the governing council. Justification: The panel observed the role of the governing council in the present imbroglio and noted from the interactions that the council has become factionalised and is incapable of providing the required leadership for the scheme.
“The governing council embarrassed the government by exceeding its mandate when it suspended the executive secretary.”
The committee subsequently advised the Federal Government to appoint an interim management team to avoid a vacuum and ensure the smooth running of the scheme.
It said the proposed committee would have a six-month lifespan and should be led by a seasoned administrator with a health system experience and other technical members drawn from the offices of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Bureau of Public Procurement and Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
The panel said the proposed committee would report to the Presidency during its tenure.
It called on the Federal Government to amend the Act establishing the NHIS to make health insurance compulsory for Nigerians even as it advised the government to ensure that “the NHIS is ICT driven.”
Investigations by The PUNCH showed that the committee report was submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on December 24, 2018.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari government has failed to take any action in almost five months, thereby worsening the ongoing crisis in the health sector.
The NHIS crisis began in early 2017 when it was alleged by members of staff and the organised labour that Yusuf was diverting public funds to private use.
He was said to have brought in 13 officers from other government agencies and gave them undue promotion.
The NHIS boss was subsequently suspended by the Minister of Health in July 2017 while a committee was set up to investigate Yusuf.
The committee accused Yusuf of fraud to the tune of N919m and recommended that anti-graft agencies investigate and prosecute him if need be.
However, Yusuf, who is said to be close to the cabal at the Presidency, was asked to return to his position, an action that triggered public outrage.
Months after his return, Yusuf again ran into trouble with the governing council of the NHIS for, amongst other things, paying consultants N508m without due process.
Recall that the Assistant Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adetola, in an interview with The PUNCH on April 17 named the just-concluded general elections as the reason the Federal Government had yet to make public the outcome of the probe initiated into an alleged fraud of N919m in the NHIS.
Adetola, in the interview, said, “As you are aware, the report has been submitted to the SGF and forwarded to the President. We had general elections that were completed only last week and that involved many government agencies.
“The report was submitted just before election activities began. This must have delayed the public presentation. I am sure that soon, it will be made public. It is not a forgotten document.”
We Care About You, Adron Homes Fetes Partners, Clients on Valentine’s Day
Premier real estate firm, Adron Homes has celebrated its teeming clients, partners and well wishers on Valentine’s Day, stressing how much they care.
A statement released by management team, and made available to this medium, reveals that the company does not take for granted all the supports received from clients and partners alike, adding that on a day like this, spreading love and compassion should be the paramount duty of everyone.
The message in full:
“As Valentine’s Day dawns upon us, we are reminded of the profound impact that love and empathy can have on our lives and the communities we serve. At Adron Homes, we believe in the transformative power of these values, and we are committed to fostering a culture of compassion and care in everything we do.
“To our cherished clients: Your trust and support are the driving force behind our success, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. As we continue to work together, let us build relationships rooted in mutual respect, understanding, and empathy. Your satisfaction and well-being are our top priorities, and we are committed to going above and beyond to exceed your expectations.
“To our esteemed partners: Your collaboration is instrumental to our growth and success, and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us. Let us continue to work hand in hand, guided by a shared commitment to excellence and a genuine concern for each other’s success. Together, we can achieve great things and make a lasting impact in our industry and beyond.
“On this special day, let us all strive to be agents of love and empathy, spreading kindness and compassion wherever we go. Together, we can create a world that is more caring, more connected, and more compassionate.
“Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you. May your hearts be filled with love, and may you continue to inspire others with your acts of kindness and empathy.”
With warm regards,
Building Cities ,Communities And Homes
LovableVibes: Instant Messaging App Launched in Nigeria
A new secured social media messaging app known as LovableVibes has been launched in Nigeria, to facilitate the sharing of news, photos, and videos as well as market goods and services to the teeming clickers around the globe.
Developed by Austin Daniels, a.k.a Lovable, a Nigerian, boasted that LovableVibes is a Secure Messenger whose main focus is to be the number one privacy and secure communication system for users that value their privacy.
“Nigerians heavily relied on the foreign messaging app that serves no local content hence the zeal to create LovableVibes; something that Africans would be proud to declare as theirs. Since countries like China, Japan, Korea, and India managed to put their apps together, Africa must be developed by Africans, to measure at par with the international community positioned to bridge that gap.
“We would be introducing more features to make sure user data is protected. We can hide and lock a single chat. The files are not stored in the user’s phone but in bucket cloud storage. The files are 100% safe, and even if your phone is stolen, you don’t need to panic. All you need to do is log in to a new phone and your files are back automatically from where you stopped.
“You may want to ask, are Google Cloud buckets encrypted? Yes, cloud storage always encrypts your data on the server side, before it is written to disk. We don’t see users’ chats or files. That’s why our energy is to provide the user’s privacy at all costs.”
According to Theresa Moses, the app developer’s spokesperson, “the social media app was created out of a need for a Nigerian owned and indigenous social media platform; where Nigerians can have guaranteed communications, with the utmost security and launched on April 18th, 2023 to protect users’ information and privacy.”
On the unique features of the app, she said it is end-to-end encrypted, enables people to connect in communities, allows users to share pictures, video, and audio calls, 500 member group chat, which will be upgraded to 1,000, stickers and files exchange up to 60MB and grow the business to take over WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and others.
“We have the admin panel for the team to use. They can’t see any posts and other things even the user’s chat conversations. We cannot delete videos, and pictures if there is a report on them. Accounts can also be deleted while users’ pages can be modified. Misinformation and fake news can be handled and taken down when users report issues and we confirm it as fake. The same goes for gory contents”.
LovableVibes is currently trending in Nigeria and other countries such as the United Kingdom, India, Germany, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Italy, Congo, Bahamas etc. The application could be downloaded on Google Play and App Store for both Android and Apple phones.
Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lovablevibes.vibes
iPhone Users: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lovablevibes/id6447699262
LovableVibes Features includes: Unique chat design, Clean UI/UX, See Device Contacts, One-to-One Chat, Chat without Saving number, User status (Online, Last seen, is typing), Video Calling, Audio Calling, Call Logs (with Call duration), See Unseen Message Count, Forward Text Messages, Share any kind of Documents, Video and Images, Share Audio Recording, Share Contacts, Share Current Location, Share GIF (from GIPHY Gallery), Download Media, Change wallpaper, Play Video, Hide and single chat, Block Chat, End-to-End Encryption (Only Sender and Recipient can read the text messages in One-to-One Chat. Even Admin cannot read them), Profile Page (Change Avatar, Status, Display name), Push Notifications (on new message, calls).
All Notifications via chat, Status Stories, Group Chat, User Profile View, Video type Calling Screen, Progress Indicator for Media Sending, Delete for Me/Everyone, See All Joined Users, Reply chat, Forward chat, Share Through App, Broadcast feature integrated too and Notification can also be seen on smart watches. More updates and features are coming soon as we are going to change the concept of status view and more interface patterns.
IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s Family Fights over Money, Control of Bank Accounts
The crisis rocking the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has taken a more dramatic dimension as close relations of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, are at loggerheads over foreign bank accounts operated by the group, according to Politics Nigeria.
This newspaper, in the previous weeks, reported the multiple divisive crises that struck the group following the arrest and continued detention of Kanu. One of the problems facing the group is the issuing of unauthorised statements by members of Kanu’s family, which caused a sharp divide among IPOB members globally.
But more recently, the group is mired in deep problems over access to funds and change of signatories to its foreign bank accounts operated in different countries.
Central in this furore are members of Kanu’s family who are beginning to fight each other over the control of the accounts. This, if not resolved, may plunge the already divided group into complete chaos, sources, including a top-ranking IPOB chief, familiar with the inner workings of the group revealed to our correspondent.
Since the group runs on donations from its supporters in diaspora, it is believed that this crisis can put it in a financial situation that may halt operations of all IPOB branches.
Worries from detention
Kanu, since his arrest and repatriation back to Nigeria in 2021, has only had access to the group’s funds through his proxies and Directorate of States (DOS). The DOS is saddled with responsibility of catering for IPOB interests in various countries spread across Europe, Africa, Asia and other continents.
However, in recent times most of the foreign accounts have been frozen due to one issue or the other. Since Kanu is facing treasonable felony charges and still in detention, all of these concerns could not be properly treated.
Instead, the IPOB leader gives instructions from detention through his lawyers and other senior members of the group.
German Account Saga
During a recent meeting with Kanu, one of the group’s members complained that they are having issues with the new IPOB bank account in Germany. According to our source, a German Court restricted access to the account due to disagreement in replacing the signatory to the account.
The member explained that when they wanted to replace Collins Chinedu, a former national coordinator of IPOB in Germany, with Abraham Ogbonnaya, trouble ensued.
The move was fiercely resisted as the IPOB directorate of States(DOS) led by Chika Edoziem, quickly issued a public disclaimer describing Ogbonnaya as a criminal.
In fact, in the heat of the crisis in Germany, Kanu’s younger brother, Kingsley Kanu, was accused of imposing Ogbonnaya as the new National Coordinator for Germany with the sole intent to cause division within the existing structure. Edoziem, in a letter to the bank insisted that Chinedu, being the one whose name is in their constitution, should be the one to operate the bank account.
Meanwhile, as a way of resolving the conflict, Kanu’s lawyer, Ejimakor then sought his (Kanu’s) approval for funds to be paid into their national account instead.
He disclosed that Washington could raise $5000, Baltimore $10,000, New Jersey $20,000 and New York $20,000.
Our source stated: “Kanu expressed displeasure over the inability to access bank accounts in Germany and Italy.”
“Ejimakor explained that the issues were caused by ongoing battle over change of Signatories to the accounts.”
“He told Kanu that the account in Germany was blocked based on a memo from Kingsley seeking to change the signatories to the account and that Kingsley claimed that he (Nnamdi) authorised the memo, Kanu denied giving such authorisation.”
Nnenna Kanu and Emmanuel Kanu
While the control of funds in the Italian and German branches of the IPOB is still subject of controversy, two members of Kanu’s family are fighting over the money in the United States.
Nnenna Kanu and Emmanuel Kanu, two siblings of the IPOB leader, want the control of IPOB’s bank account in the US. Recently, Nnenna did a live broadcast where she publicly insulted Emmanuel and accused him of interfering with her duties.
In a rebuttal, Emmanuel claimed that he is acting on the orders of their elder brother(Nnamdi).
Sources told POLITICS NIGERIA that Nnamdi Kanu, on getting whiff of the development, was miffed that his younger sister, Nnenna, has been flouting his directives regarding IPOB bank accounts in the US.
He also admitted detailing Emmanuel to ensure Nnenna complies with his directives which may have led to the disagreement.
IPOB DOS bars payments to German Account
In a brash response to the power tussle over account control, the IPOB directorate of State (DOS) in a recent press statement, called on all its members to desist from paying donations/funds into the group’s German account.
The statement signed by Edoziem in February read in part;
“All IPOB family members worldwide are therefore directed to stop making payments into the IPOB account in Germany because any payment made will be returned to the payee and this will direct unnecessary attention to the family.”
“Furthermore, please note that until the Directorate ascertain what actually happened to that account and why it was closed, all IPOB family units around the world are hereby directed to desist from sending their monthly dues or any funds”.
Source: Politics Nigeria