Unease at PTAD, as director tackles finance minister’s acting DG •
Group urges FG to release probe report on Mayshak •
Pensioners ask for transparency An ongoing power tussle between senior officers at the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has caused a state of unease which is affecting the management of pensions under the Defined Benefits Scheme DBS).
Sources say some Directors are seeking to oust the Acting Director General/Executive Secretary, Murtala Musa Oluwatoyin, who was appointed from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), to head the agency by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, after she suspended the DG, Nellie Mayshak in March 2016, over allegations of fraud running into billions.
A source said a female director at the agency, the power tussle began after Murtala was appointed to head the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPS), in addition to his role at PTAD. This new appointment prompted some top management figures at the agency to jostle for the position which they thought he would vacate with his new appointment. Our reporter gathered that a staff reposting was made in Murtala’s absence, leading to speculations that he had been officially replaced by the Minister.
Things took a strange turn after the Acting DG however returned a few days later. He ordered an immediate reversal of the repostings, throwing staff at the agency into a state of confusion and distrust. We further gathered that Murtala is now shuttling between two offices, trying to combine his job as Acting DG at PTAD and Director of IPPS at OAGF.
This has affected the Agency’s activities and has been blamed for the unusual delay in August pension as some pensioners have not been paid for August as at September 20th. “Meanwhile, most staff members are in a state of confusion. Recently, a non-governmental organization, Citizens Action for Good Governance and Transparency (CAGT) has called on the federal Government to release its report on the allege probe of Mayshak which led to her suspension.
According to a report in Vanguard of September 20, CAGT said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration at this critical time needs highly sound technocrats such as Mrs. Mayshak to clean the stable in the pensions system.” CAGT, National Coordinator, Mr Adeleke Oguntola, reportedly decried the continuous refusal of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun to make public the outcome of the committee set up seven months ago to probe the suspended DG of PTAD over alleged mismanagement of funds.
Oguntola also said that the Buhari government rode to power on the ‘Change Mantra’ and that Nigerians and the international community expect it to do things different from the past regimes where committees were set up and no one gets to hear about its findings. In a related report published by Daily TRrust, a pensioner, who is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Mr Joseph Ekene, said that nothing has been heard of the former head of PTAD since she was removed from office.
He alleged that the case has been wrapped in secrecy adding that the federal government was yet to disclose why Mayshak was removed and whether or not she had been absolved of allegations that informed her removal. According to Ekene, pensioners deserved to know actions taken by the government on Mayshak’s case for the sake of transparency and accountability in the pension industry.
Many bodies have at separate times in the past called for transparency in Mayshak’s case, especially with PTAD being under an Acting DG for over six months