some leaders of the workers’ union of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) have explained Monday morning’s barricade of the Abuja head office by workers was triggered by information the suspended executive secretary would ignore his suspension order and resume work.
Thursday’s suspension of Usman Yusuf by the governing council snowballed into a melee in the early hours of Monday when workers of both Abuja offices of the NHIS had a face-off with the embattled official and his entourage at the gate of the agency.
The workers with a handful of security personnel had formed a barricade but were overpowered by about 50 police officers Yusuf stormed the office with. They were tear-gassed and harassed by the police in the confrontation.
As the executive secretary forced his way in, the workers downed tools and protested throughout the working hours of the day, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the ‘needful’.
Chris Achi, the Secretary, Association of Senior Civil Servants, NHIS Chapter, explained the actions of the workers.
Achi, a principal manager at the scheme critcised Yusuf for not being “law abiding” by obeying the council’s directive.
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had earlier reacted to the latest controversy trailing the scheme. He said though he was yet to be properly briefed, the Nigerian government is taking appropriate steps to restore peace in the scheme.