How Maina became head of pension task team – Oronsaye

Abdulrashid Maina
Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina

The embattled former civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, came highly recommended to head a team tasked with cleaning up a pension mess at the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, when he was appointed in 2010.

Mr. Maina, who for three years headed what was variously called Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT or Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, PTFPR, is a subject of recent controversy following his secret reabsorption into the civil service after he was dismissed in 2013.

In 2015, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, pressed charges of corruption to the tune of N2 billion on Mr. Maina and his accomplices.

Mr. Maina, however, fled before the trial prompting the issuance of an arrest warrant against him, and his listing on INTERPOL’s Red Notice.

To the shock of Nigerians, however, Mr. Maina secretly resurfaced recently and was by late September issued a letter recalling him to the civil service and posted as acting director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Interior.

How Maina got the job

The person who appointed Mr. Maina to that position, Nigeria’s former Head Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye, has provided details of how Mr. Maina came into the limelight, and what he was expected to do.

Court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, including Mr. Oronsaye’s statement of witness made to EFCC investigators, reveal that Mr. Maina got the pension task on the recommendation of an aide of Mr. Oronsaye.

Mr. Oronsaye also revealed that the entity was not formally constituted as he claimed that he “did not sign any letter of engagement for the pension task team.”

“Maina came on board to head the pension task team from a recommendation by my then Special Assistant, Mr Ayo Otepola who saw Maina as intelligent. He, Maina, was to head the team to carry out a biometric exercise for civil service pensioners under the office of head of service,” he wrote.

Mr. Oronsaye disclosed that “The pension reform was as a result of many pensioners who clustered around the office of head of service saying that they had not received their entitlements.”

 

Mr. Maina however went beyond his brief – changing the designation of his committee and expanding the scope of the team’s assignment.

The former head of service noted that the pension reform task “was to be a once and for all exercise and facilities were to be set up in the office of the head of service to capture all outstanding.”

Mr. Oronsaye also told investigators that he knew of the name change of Mr. Maina’s team to “presidential task force” but added that he was unaware “how the change came about.”

He also noted that though he constituted the team as the then Head of Service, he retired from service “before the conclusion of the exercise by the pension task team.”

“I am told by the investigators that about N5 billion worth of contracts were supposedly awarded and monies paid out. This was between 1st January 2009 till May 2010,” the retired civil servant wrote. He however denied wrongdoing.

Mr. Oronsaye is currently standing trial for his role in the alleged pension scam.

He was arraigned alongside Mr. Maina in a suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/297/2015 before the Federal High Court in Abuja.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Mr. Oronsaye also told investigators that he knew of the name change of Mr. Maina’s team to “presidential task force” but added that he was unaware “how the change came about.”

    Really? Do not blame your unfortunate SA because what Oronsaye subscribes to the SA was coming from the heart. There was Customs Immigration Prison Pension Office headed by a Director who retired from service. The Deputy Director took over as expected by the service but the Head of Service refused and asked Maina, Chief Administrative Officer to take over. It was this assignment that made Oronsaye to sack the Constitutional Pension Department Heads and Staff in the Office of Head of Service and transferred everything to Maina. We, Pensioners raised questions without getting answer. Today is a very different story.

    He also noted that though he constituted the teamas the then Head of Service, he retired from service “before the conclusion of the exercise by the pension task team.” But he continued to run the Pension from his House and denied the subsequent Head of Service full freedom to supervise Maina as he did with the PS.

    There is no way that Oransaye would claim ignorance on Maina’s activities because Maina did not report to the Permanent Secretary in charge of Pension and Records in the Office of Head Service but the Head of Service alone.

  • Frank Bassey

    ‘Mr. Maina however went beyond his brief – changing the designation of his committee and expanding the scope of the team’s assignment.”
    THAT HAS BEEN THEIR STYLE. THEY ARE THE LOUDEST IN SHOUTING “CORRUPTION”. BUT THEY ARE THE MOST ROTTEN ELEMENTS. THERE IS NO SECTOR THEY HANDLE, THAT SURVIVES. LOOK AT HOW MUNIR GWARZO IS RAPING THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC); DESTROYING ALL THAT ARUNMA OTEH BUILT. GWARZO PAID HIMSELF TERMINAL BENEFITS WHILE STILL IN SERVICE; AWARDED HUGE CONTRACTS TO HIS OWN COMPANIES; SACKED PEOPLE AND ENGAGES IN ILLEGAL, CLANDESTINE RECRUITMENT OF HIS KINSMEN, CONVERTED PROJECT VEHICLES TO PERSONAL USEAGE (READ SAHARA REPORTERS FOR DETAILS). SEE HOW THEIR MAN IS ‘WACKING’ THE RESOURCES AT THE TRANSMITTING COMPANY OF NIGERIA (TCN). THEY ARE EVERYWHERE, VERY GREEDY, WICKED, PRETENTIOUS, STINKINGLY CORRUPT, IRRELIGIOUS, HIGHLY IMMORAL AND INSENSITIVE. LOOK AT THIS:

    BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT?
    1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company (opertating 30% capacity)
    11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company (opertating 30% capacity)
    12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co (DORMANT)
    13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
    14. Roland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
    Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
    Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

    • AryLoyds

      ALL this thrash by the news media trying to cover up for this fulani regime. Even the dead know that it was buhari who hired Maina ,case closed. Nepotism is buharis motto!
      Just look at what buhari has done to him self . Even his wife is in a scandal with police delivering cars to her.
      Yet we thought buhari was the saviour , now we all see that he is a common thief just like the past leaders !

    • Ahmed

      Wait for your time. Look for the best always. Buhari want result

      • Frank Bassey

        He will keep “wanting” result. I don’t have to wait for my time. I voted him into office to perform. This is not the time to keep “wanting” result. Asking me to wait for my time is uncalled for, if not most unreasonable.

  • Konkolo

    Right now, Nigerians are not interested in how Maina became the head or the tail of the pension scheme. What is expected from PMB now is for him to FIRE Malami/Dambazau or else, his government would be termed as a charade.

    • DAVID DOGO

      It is already !!!

      • Konkolo

        One is just tired of how Nigerians keep recycling old hags that don’t do us any good except to keep promoting ethnicity,religious and other bs.

  • thusspokez

    “Maina came on board to head the pension task team from a recommendation by my then Special Assistant, Mr Ayo Otepola who saw Maina as intelligent. He, Maina, was to head the team to carry out a biometric exercise for civil service pensioners under the office of head of service,” he wrote.

    If you are a student of management, here you could see how dysfunctional the Nigerian government is, but particularly, the civil service.

    The civil service is supposed of have strict recruitment guidelines and process, and yet with regard to Maina’s recruitment, the guidelines and process were not followed — it was based on recommendation by another individual in the same department.

    • Kallah Bature

      From Oronsaye’s statement one can understand what type of individual Mr.Maina is.He is apart from being perceived as intelligent a very skillful civil servant who can change things from their original outlook.

      • thusspokez

        a very skillful civil servant who can change things from their original outlook

        It is important for you to understand that politicians make policies, and civil servants implements them.

        Maina should not be making policies and implementing them. What you describe as “change things from their original outlook”, others would call gross indiscipline and insubordination.

        BTW, It is because of this kind of Nigerian notoriety of indiscipline, insubordination, and corruption that you don’t find many Nigerians heading international institutions and organisations. Would Nigeria ever produce a Koffi Anang? Not with Nigeria’s level of indiscipline and corruption.

        • Kallah Bature

          I mean negative skill in twisting things.

    • daniel Ekhime

      @thusspokez:disqus;

      EFCC got it right by arresting Steve Oronsaye

      and arraigning him in court to face criminal trial punishable by imprisonment.

      Steve Oronsaye did not demonstrate any modicum of intelligence on the job as Head

      of Nigeria’s federal public Service – he was dull, almost moronic and decidedly

      incompetent, because in his own words, whilst sitting in that oversize office,

      Steve Oronsaye said he merely moped like a goat as a mere administrative panel

      he’d set up; with MAINA as the coordinator, renamed itself as a presidential

      task force, expanded its own jurisdiction all by itself and began awarding

      contracts worth five billion Naira within its first few months of empaneling.

      If an ad hoc administrative committee could grow hoofs and horns without check,

      like that, Steve Orosanoye must have been wretchedly incompetent to the point

      of buffoonery. It is now for the court of law to decide if that buffoonery was

      actually a mask for complicit corruption.

      • Gary

        Well stated, God bless you

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Oronsaye, a retired head of service who was accused of endemic corruption crimes was the one who initially employed Abdulrasheed Maina, into the Federal civil service.Quite very unfortunate that endemic corruption culture pervades Nigeria Federal civil service, presidency, national assembly and all thirty six states of the Federation and Abuja Federal Capital Territory.

    • Mufu Ola

      Orosanye did not employ Mains into civil service. Maina was already in service before Orosanye became Head of Service.

  • Boss

    What Oronsaye disclosed here shows the big problem with Nigeria. A person has an impressive resume but show extreme poverty in practice. How can the Head of Service appoint a man to head a team to right a perceived problem and the person went beyond his brief up to changing the name of the team and you do nothing?

  • Owolabi Momoh

    How can Mr. Oronsaye deny knowledge of change of nane of the pension task force which he created? He is culpable too.