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PenCom Recruitment: Group Faults DG On Federal Character Claim

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A group, the Nigerian Youth for Change, campaigning for justice for 43 new recruits of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) hired by the Commission in March 2017, has faulted the claim by the acting director-general of the agency, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar, that the resumption of the recruits was indefinitely suspended due to non-compliance with the number of employees approved by the Federal Character Commission. The group, which staged a massive protest at the headquarters of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) on Wednesday, had alleged that the suspension resulted in the death of Mallam Mustapha Ajiya as he resigned his former appointment since April 2017 and had no money to take care of his health and young family.
A statement issued in Abuja by the spokesperson of the group, Comrade Azubike Okafor, said: “We read with utter shock the lie peddled to newsmen by the acting DG of PENCOM, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar that the resumption of the late Mallam Mustapha Ajiya and 42 others was suspended because the Commission employed 43 persons, whereas the Federal Character Commission (FCC) gave approval for 16 only. She also lied that upon assuming charge of PENCOM, she met an existing letter suspending the resumption of the new recruits. “These are lies from the pit of hell as the FCC approved 43. The letter to that effect was received by Hadiza Oninyangi as acting Head of Human Resources of PENCOM, who thereafter signed the employment letters on the strength of the approval. Also, there was no letter predating her, which restrained the late Mustapha and others from resuming.



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