President Buhari Sacks Heads Of NHIS, NACA, Three Others
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the removal of Chief Executives of five major parastatals in the nation’s health sector.
They include the Director-General of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi; Director-General of National Agency for the Control of Aids, Prof. John Idoko; and Chief Executive of Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, Prof. Innocent Ujah.
The Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Ado Muhammad; and acting Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr. Olufemi Akingbade.
They were replaced by Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu (NCDC); Dr. Sani Aliyu (NACA); Prof. Babatunde Salako (NIOMR); Prof. Echezona Ezeanolue (NPHCDA); and Prof. Usman Yusuf (NHIS).
According to the statement Ihekweazu is the Managing Partner of EpiAfric, a public health consultancy firm that focuses on Africa, while Aliyu is a Consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
Salako is the Provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan; Ezemolue is a Professor of Paediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; while Yusuf is a Professor of Paediatrics at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, US.
No reason was given for their removal in the statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations in Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.