Three months after the suspension of the Director General of the Pension Transition administration directorate, (PTAD) Ms Nellie Mayshak, there is still palpable silence over the report of the investigative team that was set up to probe a litany of allegations leveled against her.
Ms Mayshak was suspended by the Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun in February, 2016 on the grounds of a string of accusations bothering on administrative ineptitude to give room for a team of investigators drafted from the office of the accountant general of the federation, while an acting director general was from the same office of the AGF to oversee activities at the department, pending the completion of the investigation.
The investigators, who were mainly auditors from the office of the accountant general of the federation according to information, were given two weeks to complete their forensic sweeping and submit their report to the appropriate authority.
No sooner was the suspension order slammed on Mayshak, than she was picked up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, quizzed and detained for 10days based on an interim report purportedly submitted to the minister and forwarded to the commission by same.
More than three months after the acting director general assumed office and Mayshak shoved aside, the minister according to information is yet to get a final report from the investigators, let alone take action to avail the public of the culpability or otherwise of the suspended Director General.
An authoritative source at the headquarters of the Pension Transition Administration Department in Katsina Ala, Abuja informed that the office has been virtually taken over by staff from the office of the Accountant General of the federation who have strategically positioned themselves in all the key units of the commission. They have fixed new salaries for themselves, far and above what was in operation and which the commission was vehemently criticized for by the public. Yet they are meant to be there on interim arrangement as a task force of some sorts.
We also gathered that there is a growing disenchantment among the workforce especially the pioneer staff who are complaining to whoever cares to listen of slowdown in work format, civil service bottlenecks which they say is antithetical to the template of the directorate and this is beginning to take its toll on the speedy monthly payments of pensioners.
Their biggest fear is that the Directorate does not become another episode of the scandalous AbdulRasheed Maina Pension Task Force.
Now, the question is: how long does it take to come up with a report on a directorate of barely three years old with staff strength of less than 300? What does the civil service rules say concerning the duration of suspension of an officer before a final decision is taken? What option is available to an aggrieved officer whose suspension lingers beyond the statutory time lag and what is the implication for a government to run an MDA with an adhoc management staff?