Buhari Appoints NHIS, NCDC New CEOs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed a new Executive Secretary for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The new NHIS ES is Prof Mohammed Nasir Sambo.  

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola.

The statement said the President has also dissolved the board of the scheme and in the absence of the board, the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health has been directed to exercise full powers of the Council pending the constitution of a new Board.

It noted that President  Buhari also approved the appointment of Dr Chikwe Andrea Ihekweazu as Director –General (DG) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to a statement the appointment is in line with the provisions of section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018.

It  noted that the appointment of the new Executive Secretary was as a result of the recommendations by the Independent fact finding panel.

The implementation of the report of the panel is coming about seven months after the panel turned in its report.

According to the statement, ” Following the recommendations of report by an Independent Fact Finding Panel on National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the termination of appointment of the Current Executive Secretary, who has been on administrative leave and has approved the appointment of Prof. Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new Executive Secretary.

“Similarly, the President also approved the dissolution of the Governing Board of NHIS and directed the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health to exercise full powers of the Council pending the constitution of a new Board.

“President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr. Chikwe Andreas Ihekweazu as Director –General (DG) of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).the appointment is in line  with the provisions of section 11(1)(3) of the Nigeria Centre fr Disease Control(Establishment) Act, 2018