Nigeria’s minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun has said that the embattled former boss of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform Team Abdulrasheed Maina received salary as a civil servant last was in February, 2013, Daily Trust reports.
Adeosun testifying before a House of Representatives panel investigating Maina’s reinstatement told committee members that Maina’s name was not in the FG’s pay roll. Similarly, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, corroborated Adeosun’s position.
Idris said: “with respect to salary, from my records, I’m saying this categorical that Maina received the last salary in Feb, 2013. He was removed in March. I don’t know from where Maina was getting salary.”
“I checked the system with different combinations of his names, but I didn’t see that. Payment of salary isn’t done just like that. There are slips and other evidence. I think these things should be tendered before you.
Adeosun also said: “we use two platforms to pay salary: IPPI and Gipmis. There was no any record that Maina was paid. His records have been moved to PTAD, and all the data of PTAD staff were captured. No such information is there.”
The investigative hearing took a twist when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior in his submissions declared that he got instructions to reinstate Maina from the Office of the Head of Service to the Federation.
This declaration did not go down well with the HOS, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita as she immediately countered his position saying: “This is not quite correct to put it mildly. At this point,the Chairman ordered that she should be placed on oath.
Also, the Accountant General to the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris told the Committee that the last salary Maina earned was in February, 2013. The minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun also corroborated the position of her AGF, saying: “Maina is not in FG’s pay roll and his biometric was not even captured.