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Reps to probe suspension of NHIS boss

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The House of Representatives has resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate the cycle of crisis over the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf.
The decision emanated from a motion under matter of urgent importance sponsored by Mr. Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa) during plenary on Tuesday.
Recall that on October the 18th, the Governing Council of the NHIS announced the suspension of  Prof. Yusuf over allegations of fraud and severe infractions, including but not limited to public procurement infringement, unlawful staff posting, willful defiance of Council directives, violation of Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy and superfluous arrogation of projects.
The suspended official however showed up for work and caused a team of police escorts to break a resistance put by workers against his resumption.
Speaking on the motion, Mr. Douye revealed that the pandemonium is coming barely five months after the NHIS Executive Secretary was controversially reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari from an indefinite suspension slammed on him by his supervising  Ministry of Health, in July 2017 over similar matters of alleged gross misconduct, corruption and nepotism.
According to him, the suspended Executive Secretary disputed the authority of the Council to suspend him and on Monday 22nd October violently broke into the Abuja Head Office of the Scheme, aided by almost 50 heavily armed police, overpowered the security men as well as staff at the premises, including women who were indiscriminately teargassed and manhandled.
“This very critical sector, on which the hope of our universal health delivery is hinged, far from being a theater of health has degenerated into a theater of war, with so many scandals in recent times”, he said.
Lawmakers in their contributions to the debate, condemned the crisis.
For Mr. Tobi Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu), “this government claims to come and fight corruption but it is so sad that this impunity is happening”.
On the contrary, Mr. Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau) said since the motion is investigative, there should not be need to debate it.
However, the motion went in favour of the majority when put to voice vote by the presiding officer, Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
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Zamfara State partners Learn Africa

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Zamfara State government  has partnered Learn Africa Educational Development Foundation to develop education in the State. The state has received received 15 tones of book to boost educational development in the state.

The educational development company will support Zamfara State by distributing books to various schools in the State.

It would be recalled that Learn Africa is a leading educational book publishers in the country.
Learn Africa is now supporting Zamfara State with 15 tones truck load of books.

With the zeal to curtail security problem in the state, he is applying the same zeal to boost educational development in the state.

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Uduaghan felicitates with Keyamo, other ministerial nominees

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Uduaghan plans for Delta South in the senate

Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, former Governor of Delta State and Chieftain of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for transmitting his ministerial list to the National Assembly in record time. He also congratulated the ministerial nominees for making the cut from a pool of eminent party men and women who could serve in President Buhari Next Level government.

In a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Mr. Monoyo Edon, and made available to The Witness on Tuesday, Dr Uduaghan said, “for us in Delta State, Festus Keyamo‘s appointment did not come as a surprise to us. Festus has distinguished himself and has shown capacity in his previous post as spokesperson of our Presidential Campaign Council. His appointment is very welcomed to the APC family in Delta State.”

“Some of my brother former Governors and other nominees that made the cut have something tangible to contribute to the Next Level program of Mr. President. I know them and I am sure they can function creditably well with any portfolio given to them at the end of the day.”

Dr. Uduaghan was also full of praise for President Muhammadu Buhari who yielded to the masses’ pressure to name a cabinet before the Senate goes on long recess.

“President Buhari has, on several occasion showed that he listens to the masses, whom he holds their mandate so passionately. We are all happy that his cabinet would be named in a matter of days after the National Assembly successfully screens all of them. President Buhari is committed to the success and development of this country. We have seen that with the kind of persons he has chosen to serve with him in this government.

“Congratulations to all the ministerial nominees. Congratulations to our great party for doing the appropriate thing at a time Nigerians wish this government is firing on full throttle.”

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BREAKING: Buhari appoints Saraki, Akpabio, Keyamo, 40 others as ministers

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