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House of Reps begins probe of ex-pension boss Maina on Thursday





- The House of Representatives is to commence public hearing on the alleged reinstatement of Maina on Thursday, November 23

- Maina was recently sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari over his illegal reinstatement into civil service

- Maina through his counsel, Muhammad Sani Katu, with the Justice Maman Nasir chambers, affirmed his readiness to appear before the committee

The House of Representatives is to commence a two-day public hearing into the re-appearance and alleged reinstatement of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina into the federal civil service.

New Telegraph reports that also invited to appear before the ad-hoc committee chaired by Ali Madaki are: Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation; Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Minister of Interior and Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

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NAIJ.com gathered that the probe was sequel to the resolution passed on the motion sponsored by Ali Isa on Tuesday, April 4, which sought to investigate activities of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions Reforms from 2010 to the time of its dissolution.

The ad-hoc committee was also mandated to extend its investigation to the successor agency including Pension Transition Administration Department (PTAD) and report back to the House for further legislative action.

In his lead debate, Isa expressed concern that since the dissolution of the task force, the public has not been informed of what became of the billions of naira recovered by the task force.

He said, instead of the task force discharging its mandate, it became embroiled in widespread allegations of looting of pension funds and has been unable to account for over N200 billion as a result of which the task force was dissolved in February, 2013.

He alleged that the task force took charge of the police and the head of service pension funds and that more than N180 billion was alleged to have been recovered from various banks and also that more than 75,000 ghost pensioners were paid while genuine pensioners were left unattended to.

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In response to the ad-hoc committee’s invitation, Maina through his counsel, Muhammad Sani Katu, with the Justice Maman Nasir chambers, affirmed his readiness to appear before the committee.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Abdulrasheed Maina, the run-away former chairman of the Presidential task force on pension reforms, demanded to appear before a House of Representatives investigative panel.

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Source: Naija.ng

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