By Aminu Abdullahi
It is quite disgusting and appalling that despite the trend in civilization some people who claim to be learned still lack ethical values and conduct.
It is important for people to note that once there are indices of misdemeanors and investigations are ongoing, every one remains innocent until proven guilty.
The embattled director general of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Nelly Mayshak was recently suspended to allow investigation of allegation of corruption at PTAD under her watch.
The general public must note that no one has accused her officially of embezzlement as investigations are still ongoing.
It would be recalled that the Minister of finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosu in a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media, Mr Festus Akanbi, said the suspension was only a “normal” process to allow for investigation of allegation of corruption at PTAD under Mayshak’s watch.
The ministry of finance also “promises to make public the findings of the investigative panel on the issues leading to the suspension.”
No one has officially tagged her guilty yet. It is a public display of ignorance when people begin to run faster than their shadows and resort to the social media to publish libelous articles all in a bid to seek for cheap popularity like that of one writer, a “supposed” Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies of Carleton University Ottawa, Canada.
The said writer recently went to the social media to celebrate his ignorance with a piece he titled ‘Ladies & Gentlemen, Please Rise Up to Recognize the Presence of Thieves’, maybe he probably meant “Ladies and Gentlemen I want to celebrate my ignorance and foolishness”. How then can one describe a write up from a “supposed” professor based on rumour and maligning in nature if not foolishness.
There has been unconfirmed reports that Mayshak earns a whooping N50–60 million as monthly salary.
This is false and baseless but assuming this is true then the likes of the writer should bring the National salaries, Incomes and Wages Commissions to book since they among other functions advises the Federal and State Governments on National Income policy, instead of displaying his ignorance via the social media.
It is impossible for her to earn such exorbitant salary since her salary is subject to approval by the commission and anyone in doubt should go to the Commission for lectures and verification instead of spreading cheap and baseless rumours.
Well, let us not dismiss his write up entirely at least he mentioned something that is true.
According to him: “The Nigerian-Canadian civil servant, Nellie Mayshak, spent years working for the government of Ontario. Not one accusation of stealing and corruption”.
The writer was right. Nellie Mayshak has left a good legacy while working for the government of Ontario and that legacy lives on even while working for Nigeria as PTAD director general.
Even mischief makers recognises this truth.
Part of the malicious article also says,
“Yet, you nominated her for every manner of society award. Yet, she was on the high table at every event.”
This is also true. Mayshak has received several awards in appreciation of bringing glow to the faces of pensioners.
Some pensioners had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the verification exercise held sometimes in February 2015 under Mayshak’s watch was the best since the history of pensioners’ verification in the country.
A retired Commissioner of Police, Chief Samuel Fetipigi, said the pensioners were happy with the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme being transferred to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD) under Mayshaks watch.
“All the problems that had beset the payment of police pensioners are being resolved by PTAD.
“Our pension has been updated to the new rate, while many of the arrears have been paid.
“I am sure that by the end of this exercise, all police pensioners, including widows and the next of kin would not have problems anymore,’’’ he said.
Mrs Fidelia Nwosu, a retired Superintendent of Police, affirmed that this is the first time that one comes for verification and within minutes he or she gets through.
“You can see happiness on everybody’s face. Before, verification takes three to five days but with this one, it is within minutes.
“I have been underpaid but now the PTAD has put me on the appropriate rate and even paid my arrears,’’ she said.
Mr Bello Moshood a pensioner, observed that the verification exercise was peaceful and well organised.
“We are waiting for the result of this exercise. So far, so good.
“Since the PTAD took over the pension issue, we do not have problems with our monthly payment,’’ he said.
Mrs Nellie Mayshack then had assured that any police pensioner not captured in the exercise still had another chance to do so in the zonal offices.
She also digitized the old pension scheme known as Defined Benefits Scheme for effective service delivery to ensure seamless payment of pensioners as well as bring transparency into the system.
PTAD under her watch leveraged on technology to get database of pensioners; to help the agency to know the actual number of pensioners by removing ghost pensioners from the system.
For a woman that has done this much for pensioners we don’t need this writer to tell us to nominate her for society award and make her to be on the high table at every event, we know she deserves it so he should keep his advice to himself.
“Yet, you invited her to social functions and, if she arrived five hours late, you stopped proceedings to “recognize her presence. Yet, you nominated her for every manner of society award. Yet, she was on the high table at every event”, he “advised”.
Sometime in May 12, 2015, Ahmed of the popular radio programme “Berekete family” had invited Mayshak for clarifications on accusations of not respecting civil service rules she had responded and said: “That is not true. I did not appoint myself, I do not monitor myself. The agency reports directly to the coordinating minister of the economy and the Hon. Minister of finance, there is a permanent secretary. We are bound by the rules of the public services. The office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is our boss that we report to. National Pension Commission (PENCOMM) is our regulator we have a host of institutions agencies of government that we report to that regulate our activities and are truly in support of the effort that we are carrying out in PTAD. We are bound by the rules and we obey all the laws of the public service of Nigeria” she had told ordinary Ahmed.
Dee Anayo had responded and said “I must say I concur with PTAD MD, she knew her onions. Most of these petitions were written in envy”.
This outstanding public sector reform expert, that has worked in the Canadian Public service, and in president’s offices across Africa such as Ghana, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya and South Africa amongst others is no match for the incompetent, rumour monger junk journalist cum professor like this writer, who doesn’t know he should keep mute and await findings from an ongoing investigation.
That an egg from the farmers poultry is smelling foul doesn’t mean we should behead the farmer because he is the owner of the farm.
Abdullahi wrote from Akwanga, Nasarawa state