*He gave us great hope until enemies derailed him
From David Adodo
Mallam Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) is a prince from Biu Emirate in Borno State, a royal family renowned for its humility, integrity and bravery. He is also an American national Honoree and amongst the United State’s Black Achievers Awardees in 2001. Maina’s personal integrity and leadership asset has since been celebrated by the United States.
Mallam Maina has worked in various ministries such as, the Borno State Civil Service, the Presidency (Special Duties), Ministry of Interior, Office of the Head of Service and the Customs, Immigration, and Prisons Pension Office.
Mallam Maina was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 as the Chairman the Task Team which comprised of ICPC, DSS, EFCC, NIA, Police and other paramilitary agencies to sanitise and restructure the Pay-As-You-Go pension system.
His appointment was purely on merit for being the best in transparency and accountability as the Acting Director of the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pension Office (CIPPO) by the rating of a Presidential Technical Committee headed by Director General of National Pension Commission.
The Team under the leadership of a patriotic Nigerian Mallam Maina meritoriously executed its assignments to the best interest of this country. It sanitised and restructured the pension system through the payment of many years’ pension arrears, introduced Smart cards, traced and recovered stolen pension funds / properties worth over N1.63 trillion. It cracked down on the notorious pension cartel with over 73,000 membership.
Consequently, corruption fought back dirty leading to several assassination attempts on Mallam Maina and was severely persecuted through spurious allegations against him and his Team by the Etuk/Gaya Senate Pension probe committee. The Chairman of the Senate Committee was alleged to have demanded the sum of N2 billion Bribery from Maina Pension Team and when the team refused to play ball his problems began with him.
Senator Etuk according to a petition against him sent to EFCC and ICPC on 30th September, 2013 by some agents of pension thieves, collected the sum of N3billion bribe (in Dollars), farm equipments, caterpillar, estates, large plots of land in choice places in Abuja, etc from the pension thieves standing trial.
Hence, the Maina-led Pension Team sued the Senate at Abuja High Court where he got a ground breaking judgment in his favour. The proceedings and findings of the said Etuk Pension Probe Committee was declared null and void by a Federal High Court Abuja Ruling on 13th March, 2013 as having not met the constitutional requirements of Section 88 (1) of 1999 Constitution as amended.
The Court also gave Maina perpetual injunction against arrest as a result of the pension issue. At last, Maina was vindicated but enemies of Nigeria have refused to allow the Nigerian State to continue to tap from the experience and ingenuity of this exceptional civil servant. Nigerians will continue to celebrate this hero of the pensioners. We, the pensioners, who immensely benefitted from the activities of his team are praying fo him. We will continue to celebrate him.
I am among the hundreds of thousands of pensioners who got massive reprieve arising from the Maina PRTT’s restructuring of the pension sector. God bless him.