Tuesday, February 7, 2023

We Are Open To Scrutiny, PenCom Assures

The director-general, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar.
The director-general, National Pension Commission, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar.

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has assured that it is ready to open its books for scrutiny because it has nothing to hide.

This assurance was contained in a statement signed by PenCom’s director-general, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar and made available to journalists at the weekend in Abuja.

According to her, PenCom is aware of a coordinated plan to bring the commission into disrepute with frivolous petitions to the anti-graft agencies in collaboration with disgruntled insiders.

“These elements, some of whom are yet to come to terms with the fact that PenCom is no longer at their beck and call, have been sponsoring negative media reports and getting faceless groups to write frivolous petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” Dahir-Umar said. “Although some low-level media outfits are giving a voice to these defamatory petitions, those who know how we conduct our affairs at PenCom are not in any way bothered. Since I took over as the DG, we have undertaken far-reaching reforms within the organisation which are yielding positive results.”

Dahir-Umar insisted that “the era of ‘anything goes’ is long dead and buried” and warned those who think “they can use the commission to make money or they should be the ones calling the shots [will be]” that they will be “bitterly disappointed [if they think they can have their way by] sponsoring false publications and trumped-up petitions. We will cooperate fully with the agencies. Our message to the disgruntled elements today is exactly as it was yesterday: we will not allow anyone to pilfer pension funds for self-aggrandisement. It will never happen under my watch.”

Dahir-Umar added that if the commission had anything to hide, “we would have surrendered to the agents of blackmail who have been on our case since 2017 when I became acting DG”.

Alex Apeh
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