*Say Maina’s Salary Stopped, Removed from Payroll Since March 2013
Two top government officials, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on Thursday, denied involvement in the reinstatement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pensions, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the federal civil service.
Adeosun and Idris, in fact said that Maina’s salary payment was stopped and removed from Payroll since March, 2013.
Their clarifications became necessary to exonerate themselves from any act of complicity in the return of Maina as many top government officials were presently being accused of complicity, aiding and abetting the recall of Maina who was declared wanted many years ago on account of alleged diversion N2 billion pension funds.
Maina had been on the run shortly after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) but suddenly reappeared through a stage managed reinstatement in to the Federal Civil Service.
Adeosun, who revealed that the Federal Government stopped the payment of salary to Maina, in March 2013, made the disclosure in Abuja while appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad-Hoc Committee Investigating the Disappearance, Re-appearance, Re-instatement and Promotion of Maina.
Adeosun told members of the Ad-Hoc Committee that Maina was last paid by the Federal Government in February 2013, according to a statement by the Special Adviser, Media & Communications to the Minister of Finance, OluyinkaAkintunde.
She said, “We used two platforms in the payment of salaries – the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
“We have checked our records and we have no record or evidence from the two platforms that salary was paid to Maina since March 2013. We have no biometric data of Maina and he is not a staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance or its agencies.”
Also, the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, who appeared before the Ad-Hoc Committee, reinforced the position of the Minister of Finance that Maina was removed from the Federal Government’s payroll in March 2013.
“From our records, Maina last received salary from the Federal Government in February 2013. From March 2013, Maina was removed from the Government’s payroll. If indeed he was paid as he claimed, he should produce evidence of payment by the Government such as pay slips,” Idris stated.