Group commends FG on Maina reinstatement

A League of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have commended the Federal Government on the reinstatement of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina into the civil service.

Mr Mukhtar Akoshile, the National Secretary of the CSOs, lauded the government in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Akoshile said that the reinstatement was a pointer to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the rule of law and the triumph of truth.

He said that the reinstatement was also a validation of the president’s administration’s respect for separation of powers and due process.

“For almost five years, Maina was on the receiving end of the endemic corrupt system that Nigerians have perfected in almost every facet of their activities,’’ they said.

He said that Maina was made to bear the brunt of daring to confront a well entrenched system of pilfering the resources meant for those who had used their bright years to serve Nigeria and Nigerians in various fields of endeavour.

He said that Maina brought pension reform into a pension system that had hitherto perpetuated inefficiency, corruption and mismanagement, adding that this subjected many retirees into perpetual suffering and hardship.

“Before the establishment of Maina’s task force on pension reform, the ugly face of Nigeria’s pension system was already a source of worry and had become both national and international disgrace.

“Many Nigerian pensioners were made to undergo series of inhuman, torturous and unbelievable stress over monthly stipends which were their entitlement,” he said.

He said that prior to the setting up of the Maina task force, many of the pensioners were reduced to beggars on the streets with no concern for their plight.

He said that the victory of Mina was due to his dedication, doggedness, forthrightness, honesty, integrity and above all, the truth, adding that it was also a victory for the elderly, pensioners and their children.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance for corruption-free nation, saying “one of his loyal and credible men is back to duty’’.

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