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N30b scandal rocks NHIS
Sat, 16 Jun 2018

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The Governing Council of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is at the moment locked in a battle with the Agency’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, over a N30 billion residual fund and another N17 million allegedly blown on an unapproved foreign trip by the latter.

As a result, the Council has issued the NHIS boss a query dated May 25, 2018 demanding explanations on the N30 billion and another dated June 4, 2018 asking Prof. Usman to explain why he blew N17 million on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, without approval. The latest controversy is coming barely five months after the NHIS boss was recalled by the presidency from an indefinite suspension slammed on him by his supervising ministry.

According to the first query signed by the Chairman of Council, Dr Enyantu Ifenne and seen by Saturday Sun, the NHIS boss was accused of procedural gaps, deceit and violation of Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy in engaging Cowry Asset Management Ltd as asset manager/financial adviser to invest the controversial N30billion. This is in addition to approving the payment of N2.4million engagement fee and N500,000 quarterly retainership fee for Cowry Asset Management Ltd on May 8. The Council argued that this was in clear violation of a specific directive from the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole stopping NHIS from tampering with the N30billion residual fund.

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The TSA policy requires all federal ministries, departments and agencies to domicile their funds in the TSA with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), except where the agency is granted exemption by the Federal Government. But Yusuf, who was suspended by Adewole last year over corruption allegations and nepotism, has defended himself saying the Health Minister gave his approval for the investment of the N30billion.

Part of the Council’s query dated May 25 to the NHIS boss reads, “You may recall that based on the detailed situation and financial analysis, council approved the investment of N30, 000,000,000.00 (Thirty Billion Naira) in federal securities on the condition that no commission should be paid to third parties. The provisional approval, so granted, directed management to initiate due process and submit a proposal to enable Council seek authorization by the Honourable Minister of Health.
“As it stands, Council’s attention has been drawn to new information which you failed to disclose in your earlier presentation. This includes:

That while the ministerial approval dated 18th August 2017, was referenced in the two memos presented, you failed to disclose that ministerial memo dated 29th August, 2018 withdrew same approval.

That you failed to disclose to the Council that the withdrawal letter explicitly stated the Honourable Minister of Finance’s advice against the investment of residual funds in securities because “such investment will be an indirect violation of the Federal Government’s treasury single account (TSA) policy”. Significantly, this advice was not disclosed to Council on either occasion.

“That on 28th February, 2018, you formally engaged Cowry Asset Limited as NHIS asset manager/financial Adviser without stating the terms and conditions of engagement. Again, this material fact, was not disclosed to Council.
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June 12: How IBB, Shonekan, Anenih betrayed Abiola ‘Ameh Ebute, Ex-Senate President
Sat, 16 Jun 2018

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Third Republic Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, has revealed the forces that conspired to ruin the June 12, 1993, presidential election presumed to have been won by Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola. Ebute, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the de facto second-in-command during the Chief Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government and was of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) headed by Chief Tony Anenih.

Ebute told Saturday Sun in Abuja after attending the conferment of the posthumous Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) award on Abiola, and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) on his deputy, Babagana Kingibe, and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi that the same forces that conspired to kill June 12, have been behind the handing over of power from one administration to the other in the country.

According to him “They are many. The personalities are many; the personalities that conspired to be handing government from one to the other are many. You have Babangida, you have Abacha, you have Shonekan, you have Anenih himself.”

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Justifying why he dumped PDP after Jonathan lost the presidential election in 2015, Ebute said “I was peeved that they didn’t even take some of us into confidence irrespective of the performance that we put up to support the Jonathan’s government. Some of us were relegated to the background and not considered in this form of looting. Even if they had invited us and we refused, that would have been a different thing. But they just formed the click and looted the nation. So, I said I don’t want to belong to that type of group. That was the reason I left the PDP.”

Ebute spoke on this, the allegation that he is always with any government in power, and why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC and much more in this interview conducted by AIDOGHIE PAULINUS.

You witnessed the posthumous conferment of GCFR on the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola. How do you describe the event?

The event was unprecedented in many respects. One, it lays the foundation for a concrete democracy in the country. Two, it pacifies the minds of the people who were injured in one way or the other by the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election. And more so, the apology that came from the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not only to the Abiola family, but to the entire country; apologising for that unusual performance of the federal government is well accepted by people and we are glad.

Taking a look at the events that happened at that time, some people see you as a sell out, someone that Babangida used against the pro-democracy elements like Iyorchia Ayu. Is it true?

No. Babangida didn’t use me. I was not there during Babangida’s time. Babangida left before I came in. So, nobody could have argued that Babangida used me. If he used Ayu, it is for Ayu to defend himself. I don’t think he used anybody. What I noticed was that there must have been a conspiracy among the powers that be.

Do you mean Abacha?

Well, I don’t know. I don’t want to mention… There was a high conspiracy between some personalities to handover from one person to the other because before we came in, there was a decree providing that in the event of anything happening, the most senior officer in the military should become the head of state. So, how can you interpret that other than to say that it was conspiracy at the highest level of government?

At what point did you play a noble role in the entire scenario?

It was after the annulment of the June 12 election that we all started agitating that the government of Abacha should handover the reign of government to Abiola and few months after the annulment, although we were chased out of the Nicon Noga hotel; the National Assembly members, the senators were chased out, about six months later, we reconvened the Senate in Lagos and urged Abacha to handover government to Abiola as the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. And we were put in detention for 50 days and we were prosecuted for felony against the federal government.

You were released by the then Justice Gambari?

We were released by Ibrahim Gambari, who is now the Emir of Ilorin. He was then the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Lagos. You will agree with me that there are some judges who retired with integrity in this country. I doff my hat for Justice Gambari as he was because when the proceedings were going on, telephone calls were coming from Abuja…

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Nigerians will beg Buhari for 3rd term ‘Emir of Daura
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Asks opposition presidential aspirants to shelve ambition Agaju Madugba, Katsina The Emir of Daura,The post Nigerians will beg Buhari for 3rd term ‘Emir of Daura appeared first on The Sun News.
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Nigeria vs Croatia: Ex-internationals, Nigerians optimistic
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Solape Lawal-Solarin Ahead of the group D opener in Essentuki, between the Super Eagles and Croatia,The post Nigeria vs Croatia: Ex-internationals, Nigerians optimistic appeared first on The Sun News.
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Nigeria needs 1.8m units of blood annually
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Fred Ezeh , Gracious Iroaja, Abuja Nigerias Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Thursday, said that Nigeria needs 1.8 million units of blood per annum, to meet the needs of patients. He confirmed that records at the National blood data indicated that voluntary non-remunerated blood donation accounts for 10 percent of total collection, while family…The post Nigeria needs 1.8m units of blood annually appeared first on The Sun News.
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Eid-el-Fitr: Okowa felicitates with Muslims
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Paul Osuyi, Asaba GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged Muslims to extend the spiritualThe post Eid-el-Fitr: Okowa felicitates with Muslims appeared first on The Sun News.
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Olumo Rock
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
A natural monument that gave a city its name was once the inhabitants’ rock of salvation Musa Jibril Sometimes you travel to a city or a town just for a glimpse of a monument; other times, you optimise the opportunity to visit a city to see its tourism offerings. The two apply in the case…The post Olumo Rock appeared first on The Sun News.
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Cartoonist’s candid view
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Gloria Ikegbule For Albert Ohams, ‘art is a wonderful profession.’ He has profited immensely from it by way of ‘material possessions, travel opportunities and in quality relationships.’ Though versatile across genres, the artist’s stock-in-trade is cartoon, of which he is renowned for the Citizen Joe comic sketch. Beginning his professional journey at age 16, Ohams…The post Cartoonist’s candid view appeared first on The Sun News.
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Encounter: Martha Ankomah, Ghallywood Actress: ‘Call me a star when i win an oscar
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Second runner-up at the 2007 edition of the reality TV Next Movie Star, actress Martha Ankomah dazzled at the red carpet of the Golden Movie Awards held in Accra on June 3. In a span of 11 years, Ankomah”who in 2013 opened an uptown ultra-modern beauty salon called ‘Martha’s Place’ at Tesano, Accra”has experienced a…The post Encounter: Martha Ankomah, Ghallywood Actress: ‘Call me a star when i win an oscar’ appeared first on The Sun News.
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Offa robbery: Kwara elders want justice, thorough investigation
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Kwara elders, under the auspices of Kwara Elders’ Unity Forum, have called on the InspectorThe post Offa robbery: Kwara elders want justice, thorough investigation appeared first on The Sun News.
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Lawyer abandons Evans
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Lukman Olabiyi Counsel to sspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje,The post Lawyer abandons Evans appeared first on The Sun News.
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We’ll deliver as expected, Super Eagles assure after Egypt, Morocco opening losses
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
NAN Super Eagles’ head coach Gernot Rohr and captain Mikel Obi say the team is capable of deliveringThe post We’ll deliver as expected, Super Eagles assure after Egypt, Morocco opening losses appeared first on The Sun News.
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Reaping what you sow [2]
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Victory is secured at the secret place Psalm 91:1, 15: In John 12. Jesus visited the family of the twoThe post Reaping what you sow [2] appeared first on The Sun News.
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Satanic servant
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Houseboy gives gory details of how he slaughtered naval officer, girlfriend over unpaid salary ChiomaThe post Satanic servant appeared first on The Sun News.
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We’re dying
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Soldiers fighting Boko Haram recount guardroom horrors of over-two-year detention without trial ‘The post We’re dying appeared first on The Sun News.
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Rivers state: Still Nigeria’s emerging economic success story
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Simeon Nwakaudu On September 18, 2016, I wrote a piece which I titled, ‘Rivers State : Nigeria’sThe post Rivers state: Still Nigeria’s emerging economic success story appeared first on The Sun News.
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Ekiti guber: Council of Obas demands credible process
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Meets INEC, Police, others Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The Council of Obas in Ekiti State on Friday demandedThe post Ekiti guber: Council of Obas demands credible process appeared first on The Sun News.
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Ekiti guber: Council of Obas demands credible process
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Meets INEC, Police, others Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti The Council of Obas in Ekiti State on Friday demanded free, fair and credible process ahead of the July 14 governorship poll, and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agents and party candidates to ensure there is no violence or manipulation before, during and…The post Ekiti guber: Council of Obas demands credible process appeared first on The Sun News.
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Croatia clash is Super Eagles World Cup final ‘Onazi
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Ogenyi Onazi has said that Super Eagles opening’s World Cup Group D match against Croatia today isThe post Croatia clash is Super Eagles World Cup final ‘Onazi appeared first on The Sun News.
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APC ‘ll collapse if nPDP pulls out ‘Waku
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been advised to take urgent measuresThe post APC ‘ll collapse if nPDP pulls out ‘Waku appeared first on The Sun News.
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Forget Messi, man marking will work wonders for Eagles ‘ Taribo West
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Monica Iheakam Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medalist, Taribo West has bared his mind on the Super EaglesThe post Forget Messi, man marking will work wonders for Eagles Taribo West appeared first on The Sun News.
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Nigeria, Croatia in titanic World Cup group opener
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
As Modric, Ndidi light up Kaliningrad Stadium Paul Erewuba Nigeria would today at the KaliningradThe post Nigeria, Croatia in titanic World Cup group opener appeared first on The Sun News.
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Gunmen abduct 2 children, butcher another in Ebonyi
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki Gunmen suspected to be hired assassins yesterday kidnapped two children andThe post Gunmen abduct 2 children, butcher another in Ebonyi appeared first on The Sun News.
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Ramadan: I’m now healthier to face national issues ‘Buhari
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that after successful completionThe post Ramadan: I’m now healthier to face national issues ‘Buhari appeared first on The Sun News.

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You’re a misnomer, Ohakim replies Okorocha
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
George Onyejiuwa, Owerri Former governor of Imo state, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim has described his successorThe post You’re a misnomer, Ohakim replies Okorocha appeared first on The Sun News.
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Aba: Soldiers, policemen in heavy shootout
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
3 feared killed Okey Sampson, Aba There was pandemonium yesterday in Aba, Abia state as soldiersThe post Aba: Soldiers, policemen in heavy shootout appeared first on The Sun News.
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AWIM 2018: Conference Promises Visibility on Women
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
The African Women in the Media 2018 Conference, an event organised by award-winning journalist, Dr YemisiThe post AWIM 2018: Conference Promises Visibility on Women appeared first on The Sun News.
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The pains of living with a destructive woman
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
They had a disagreement. It ended with his wife locking the door and hiding the key. She grabbed hisThe post The pains of living with a destructive woman appeared first on The Sun News.
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Buhari flashed me, to attend Abiola’s inauguration
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
He called me about 11.58pm on June 11, 2018. Actually, he ‘flashed’ and I called him. He startedThe post Buhari flashed me, to attend Abiola’s inauguration appeared first on The Sun News.
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Time for federal mediation and conciliation centres
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
When early in the week I set out to write today’s column, the one issue I had in mind was a follow-upThe post Time for federal mediation and conciliation centres appeared first on The Sun News.
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Dangers of eyeing and necking voters’ cards
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Let all those who have their PVCs raise them for me to see. Thank you, very much. You don’t have yourThe post Dangers of eyeing and necking voters’ cards appeared first on The Sun News.
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Nigeria’s saddest week (My June 12, 1993 column)
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
The big question: Where were you on June 12, 1993′ I was 40 years old and was editing Weekend Concord,The post Nigeria’s saddest week (My June 12, 1993 column) appeared first on The Sun News.
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Signs you and your partner are growing apart
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Have you looked at your partner lately and wondered what brought you both together in the first place’The post Signs you and your partner are growing apart appeared first on The Sun News.
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When sickle cell sinks love
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Poignant recollections by those forced to truncate marriage plans to avoid sickly kids Musa JibrilThe post When sickle cell sinks love appeared first on The Sun News.
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The Abiola i know by Dele Momodu
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Dele Momodu is a renowned journalist and politician. He contested in the 2015 presidential election thatThe post The Abiola i know by Dele Momodu appeared first on The Sun News.
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Justice Mustapha Akanbi (1932’2018)
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
Nigeria lost one of its most eminent jurists when Justice Mustapha Akanbi(retd) died in Ilorin, KwaraThe post Justice Mustapha Akanbi (1932’2018) appeared first on The Sun News.
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Ras Kimono unveiled
Sat, 16 Jun 2018
His real name, mystery deadlocks and untold stories From Paul Osuyi, Asaba The name, Ras Kimono definitelyThe post Ras Kimono unveiled appeared first on The Sun News.
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