After eight months of wrongful suspension based on allegations of fraud, the Federal Government has finally acquitted the pioneer Director General of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD), Mrs Nellie Mayshak of any wrong doing and commended her for her contribution to the development of the country.
Though, a new DG has been appointed by the federal government, but the clearance will serve as testimonial of Mayshak’s impeccable character and and professionalism.
The exoneration was contained in a letter conveyed to Mrs Mayshak secretly from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and signed by the SGF Mr Babachir David Lawal.
Federal government in a letter dated September 26, 2016 with a reference no: SGF.12/S.11/C.1/VI/564 stated “While conveying Mr President’s appreciation to you for your service to the nation during your tenure, may wish you God’s guidance and best of luck in your future endeavors.”
A source from the federal Ministry of Finance disclosed that the committee that was setup by the minister to investigate the allegations that were leveled against the pioneer DG absolved her of all the accusations but the government shied away from making the outcome public because of the wrong decision it took.
The source also said that from the findings of the report, Nellie Mayshak performed her duties with utmost display of professionalism and acted within the ambit of the law and the Act establishing the organization.
“What we expected from the minister of finance was to issue a letter of apology to Mrs Mayshak for the wrongful suspension that led to her loss of job,” the source added.
Recall that several groups and stakeholders in the pension sector had criticized the action of the government since February 2016 saying “if the government is honest about its drive for change in Nigeria, then issues of national importance must be treated with justice, tranparency and accountability to give everyone a sense of belonging.”
Some have also called on the the Minister of Finance to without further delay publish the report of the investigative panel for prople to know the true position of the issue.
PTAD was established to take over the management of Civil Service Pension Department, the Police Pension Office and the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pension Office (CIPPO) handling the old pension scheme in Nigeria.