The Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters has cleared Aisha Dahir-Umar, the current Acting DG of PenCom, for approval as the substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission (PenCom) by the leadership of the Senate. We expect an announcement from the Senate soonest.
The above is coming just as, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, has sent a petition to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters, over the recommendation of Aisha Dahir-Umar, the current Acting DG of PenCom, as substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission (PenCom).
The petition was dated 14 October 2020 and addressed to the Chairman of the committee, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, with the subject ‘A Petition Against The Nomination Of Aisha Dahir-Umar as Director General Of National Pension Commission (PenCom).
Below are extracts from the petition;
“I hereby forward herewith a petition in respect to the above subject matter to alert you on the inherent none-adherence to the provision of the Act that established PenCom.”
“The purpose therewith, is for the distinguished Committee to stop action that could lead to the clearance of the nomination of Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar as Director General (DG) of National Pension Commission (PenCom), because her nomination is in flagrant breach of the Act, particularly the section that deals with replacement of the DG when the need arises.”
“May I, draw your attention to section 20 (1) and section 21 (1) and (2) of the National Pension Commission Act 2014, which state that, “in the event of a vacancy, the President shall appoint a replacement from the geopolitical zone of the immediate past member that vacated office to complete the remaining tenure.”
“I recall that the tenure of the incumbent was truncated; therefore the nomination of Mrs. Dahir-Umar by the President that has now moved the DG to another zone is not correct and has breached the Pension Act and the Federal Character Commission.”
“Accordingly, and in line with the provisions of the law in this case the “National Pension Commission Act 2014”, the nominee is automatically disqualified from holding the office of DG PenCom.”
“To refresh your mind, Distinguished Senators, the immediate past DG, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, had her five-year tenure truncated two years before the end of her term and as such having come from the South East geo-political zone, it behoves on the President to nominate her replacement from the same zone to complete the term in obedience to the provision of the Pension Act.”
“It is therefore, in line with the spirit and letter of the constitution, which we all swore to uphold as Senators and in adherence to the provisions of the National Pension Act 2014, that I urge you, distinguished colleagues to reject the nomination of Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar. Doing so, will no doubt strengthen our laws and the institution of the National Assembly.”
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