Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The Nigerian Transitional Pension Forum (PTAD) has expressed dismay over what it termed ‘prolong and deliberate delay’ in the release of the investigative panel set up to probe the alleged mismanagement of funds by its suspended Director General, Nellie Mayshack.
It said that Nigerians deserve the right to know the outcome of the probe, which was commenced in February on the directive of the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
In a communique signed by the President of the forum, Dr. Abdulraman Abubakar and the Secretary General, Obinna Odimegwa, issued at the end of its meeting on Monday, in Abuja, the body noted that if government was honest about its drive for change in Nigeria, then issues of national importance must be treated with justice, transparency and accountability to give everyone a fair hearing.
The forum observed that the government should not shy away from making the findings of the panel public adding; “If the panel vindicates Neillie Mayshack from any wrong doing, then the public should know in order for her to return to her position to continue with the good work she started in the Directorate”, the release noted.
It called on the federal government, especially the Minister of Finance to without further delay, publish the report of the investigative panel so that people could know the true position about the issue.
It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari – led government to remove all the bottlenecks associated with delay in payment of pensions and to ensure that only honest and qualified persons are manned to manage the pension schemes.
The pensioners however passed a vote of confidence on the suspended DG, describing her as one of the key agents of change due to the reform programmes she introduced in the pensions system.