The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau continue to passed the buck over the controversial reinstatement of fugitive former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior.
Maina’s controversial reinstatement has embarrassed the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and hurt the image of an administration that says it is fighting corruption. And heads may roll.
The minister had washed his hand off the secret return of Maina to public service when he said it was the Head of Service that reinstated the former pension boss wanted by the EFCC for alleged N2billion fraud and posted him to his ministry.
But in a swift denial, Mrs Oyo-Ita said there was no truth in the reports that she approved Maina’s reinstatement.
In a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga on Monday, the HoS stated that Maina’s reinstatement and posting did not come from her office.
The statement read, “The attention of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to several media reports that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has approved the reinstatement into the Federal Civil Service of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina and his subsequent posting to the Ministry of Interior.
“The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation wishes to inform the public that the reinstatement and posting of Alhaji Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina never emanated from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
“Consequently, the purported reinstatement and posting by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is totally erroneous and misleading.”
Mr. Dambazau had earlier, in a statement signed by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, in Abuja on Sunday, said Maina was deployed to the interior ministry in an acting capacity following the retirement of the director in charge of the human resources department.
The statement read, “The ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, was posted a few days ago to the Ministry of Interior by the Office of the Head of Service in an acting capacity to fill a vacancy following the retirement of the director heading the human resources department in the ministry.”
It added, “For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to discipline, employment, re-engagement, posting, promotion and retirement of federal civil servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed.”
Following public outrage, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Maina’s immediate sack on Monday and the EFCC swung into action, raiding his Abuja mansion on the same day.
Meanwhile, Maina’s whereabout remains unknown.