Maina’s name is not on our pay roll – Finance Minister denies re-instatement claim
The Nigerian Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, has denied the claims made by the embattled former boss of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who stated that the Buhari-led administration was in charge of his secret reinstatement into office.
In what could only be described as a battle of accusations at the continued investigative hearing by the ad-hoc Committee on the Disappearance, re-appearance and reinstatement of Maina, the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, before the committee revealed that Maina’s name was not on the Federal Government’s pay roll.
The hearing which started at about 10:25 am following an opening prayer by the Chairman, Rep Ali Madaki, APC, representing Kano took a sharp turn when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, revealed before the panel that he was instructed to reinstate Maina from the Office of the Head of Service to the Federation.
The declaration by the PS however sent several shock waves especially to the HOS, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who immediately countered the claim.
She said: “This is not quite correct to put it mildly.”
However, before Oyo-Ita proceeded in her counter testimony, the Chairman of the panel ordered that she be placed on oath.
The Accountant General to the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris also told the Committee that the last salary Maina earned was in February, 2013 with the Finance Minister corroborating the narrative.
Kemi Adeosun added: “Maina is not in FG’s pay roll and his biometric was not even captured.”