By JOSEPH ERUNKE
…Urge FG to disband Pension Task Force
PENSIONERS in the Federal Civil Service have demanded for immediate arrest and prosecution of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension, Abdulrasheed Maina, over alleged unethical practices.
The pensioners lamented perceived Federal Government care free attitude towards the pension fraud unearthed by the Senate Joint Committee on Pension Fund in the Pension unit in the office of the Head of Service of Federation and other para military pension scheme.
The retirees under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, Federal Civil Service Pensioners Sector, said they were particularly worried that in spite of the startling revelation by the Senate Joint Committee, Federal Government had not disbanded its Task Force on Pension, let alone, prosecute its members for their alleged sharp practices.
In a statement by Comrade Clement Ogunrinde, the union’s Sectoral Secretary, Abuja branch, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately not only disband the Pension Task Force but arrest and prosecute its chairman, Abdulrasheed Maina and other members of the taskforce.
According to the statement, it was lamentable that the team’s chairman and its officers had continued to carry out their “their activities unhindered”, several months after the pension fraud discovery, accusing the chairman of the Pension Taskforce of illegally taking over the financial operations of the Pension Department without due authorisation from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
It said “Presently, the chairman of the Pension Task Team has illegally taken over the financial operations of the Pension Department without due authorisation from the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
“The Senate Joint Committee also indicted the chairman and staff of Pension Task Team and recommended their immediate disbandment, discipline and prosecution. It is baffling that several weeks after the recommendations, no action has been taken and these officers have continued to carry out their nefarious activities.”