Buhari Orders Immediate Sack Of Reinstated Maina

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BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Following public uproar that trailed the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, to the civil service, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered for his immediate disengagement.

President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, directed the Head of Service of the Federation to effect the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, who was chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms.

According to Adesina; “In a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

“The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017.”

Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, who had earlier announced the reinstatement of Maina, however, denied playing any role in the reinstatement and deployment of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms to his Ministry.

Dambazau said; “The ex-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service on an Acting capacity to fill a vacancy created following the retirement of the Director heading the Human Resources Department in the Ministry.”

Dambazau in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, said the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was posted few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service.

He said; “For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no Minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed in this publication.

“It is understood that Maina’s last posting was with the Ministry of Interior, and that is probably why he was re-posted back to the Ministry.

“It is, therefore, improper for anybody to think that a Minister could exercise such powers or influence the process of Discipline, Re-engagement, and Deployment of any civil servant to his Ministry or any other Ministry for that matter.”

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