The task force on pension reform has dismissed claims by a member of the Senate Joint Committee on Establishment investigating the alleged N21 billion Pensions Fraud, Senator Mohammed Sani Saleh, that the Committee was yet to receive vital documents promised by Head of the task force, Abdurasheed Maina.
The Pension task force, in a statement signed by its information and Media Officer, Mr. Hassan Salihu and obtained by LEADERSHIP, condemned what they described as “false alarm”, and said that, it was yet to discern the motive behind the misleading claim by the Lawmaker.
In the statement, the task force, described the lawmaker’s claim as an exaggeration and added that such claims have the capacity of heightening fears and tension as well as drag their integrity in the mud, especially in this critical period when corruption has eaten deep into the Country.
The statement reads in part, ‘Distinguished Senator Mohammad Sani (CPC, Kaduna Central) a member of Senate Committee and a man of integrity that we respect so much told journalists that “Maina promised us cartons of documents, but as of the last time we met him, he has submitted NOTHING”.
‘With due respect to this Distinguished Senate Committee, it is not true to insinuate that the Pension Reform Task Force provided “NOTHING”, when in actual facts, all the documents requested for by the Joint Committee as exhibit have been availed them.’
The task force, which reiterated its commitment to crushing Pension Fraud in the Country, further posited, “We find it necessary to set the records straight by enumerating the various documents and equipment submitted to the Distinguished committee as exhibits on March 7th & 9th, 2012 these includes: 2 Apple I-PAD 11 containing the entire payroll of valid pensioners and the e-Pension Management Solution.”