The new Acting Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in Nigeria, Attahiru Ibrahim, resumed on Thursday, indicating that the Health Ministry is not going back on its decision to suspend Mr Usman Yusuf.

Mr Yusuf is the former Executive Secretary whom the Nigerian House of Representatives asked the Ministry to reinstate.

After his suspension, the House of Representatives asked the Health Ministry to recall him, but developments do not show signs that their demand would be met.

Meanwhile, on his resumption of duty, Ibrahim asked the management of the scheme to fast-track easy access to healthcare delivery to Nigerians.

In a statement, the spokesman for the NHIS, Mr Odoh Onuh, said Ibrahim addressed staff at the Corporate Headquarters, on Thursday in Abuja.

He stressed that the on-going re-accreditation process of Health Management Organisations (HMOs) and their monthly payment capitation was key to his mandate as acting Executive Secretary of the organisation.

Mr Ibrahim further sought the cooperation and support of the staff and pledged to continue with the policies of his predecessors geared towards eliminating sharp practices in the scheme.

The Acting Executive Secretary is an economist and his wealth of experience is expected to further impact the policy implementation of NHIS programmes and activities.