The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred Oyo -Ita has denied any involvement or complicity in the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina into the civil service.
In a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga on Monday, the HoS insisted that Maina’s reinstatement and posting did not emanate from her office.
She made the clarification, following the query issued to her by President Muhammadu Buhari, to provide answers to how the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Abdulrasheed Maina, got reinstated into the Federal Civil Service.
The statement reads, “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.”
Meanwhile, The Minister of Interior Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau had on Sunday, claimed that the posting and subsequent promotion of Maina to the position of acting-director was approved and emanated from the office of the HoS adding that he had no hands in it.
Dambazau had said Maina, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over N2bn Pension Biometrics fraud, was posted to his ministry by the Head of Service a few days ago.
The minister, in a statement signed by his press secretary, Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, in Abuja, 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 Minister’s statement partly reads, “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.”