Buhari’s PenCom Chairman’s appointment raises dusts in Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Aisha Umar as Director-Common of the Nationwide Pension Fee (PenCom) has raised severe discontent amongst Senators throughout Tuesday’s plenary.

President Buhari wrote to the Nigerian Senate in search of affirmation of Aisha Umar in alternative of Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu as Director-Common of PenCom opposite to Part 17 (2) of PenCom Act that offers with tenure of workplace.

After the letter was learn by the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Senate Minority chief, Enyinnaya Abaribe via a degree of order, drew the eye of the Senate President to crucial areas within the PenCom Act that portrayed President Buhari’s motion as biased and towards the Federal Character.

Abaribe argued strongly that the PenCom Director Common nominee is from the North West, whereas Chinelo Anohj-Amazu who has not completed her tenure was from South East, insisting that the event was in flagrant breach of the Pension Fee Act.

Abaribe mentioned: “I recall that the tenure of the incumbent was truncated, subsequently, the brand new letter from the President that has now moved the Chairman of the Fee to a different zone is probably not appropriate as a result of it’s towards the regulation organising the Nationwide Pension Fee.

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“The laws relating to Pension Fee says within the occasion of a emptiness the President shall appoint a brand new member from the suitable zone to finish the tenure of the successor.”

He urged the Senate President to take cognizance of his observations earlier than referring the letter to the Senate’s related Committee on Wednesday.

Reacting, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan mentioned interpretation of legal guidelines was that of his, saying he ought to be affected person.

“That’s for me to interpret as a result of I interpret the legal guidelines right here. If there’s any petition to that impact, it ought to be despatched to the committee”, Lawan mentioned.

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Nevertheless, when contacted on cellphone late Tuesday by DAILY POST, a Senator of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from South West who pleaded to not be named, expressed anger over the letter, claiming that the northern geopolitical zone was taking greater than sufficient.

In response to him, loyalty of lawmakers to APC was portray the higher chamber in unhealthy gentle, revealing that there have been privileges that the Senate President would have ordinarily facilitated for them, however did nothing.

His phrases: “I feel a few of us will not be pleased at the same time as APC Senators as a result of what transpired on the subject of appointment of Director-Common of the Nationwide Pension Fee was not honest.

“You gained’t imagine that some Privileges of Senators are nonetheless pending and we’re more likely to convey APC Senators’ assembly tonight to see that we inform ourselves the house fact”, he mentioned.

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