– Lawmakers say they want to know how the N380 billion recovered between 2010 and 2013 by the presidential task force on pensions was utilized
– The motion was moved by a member from Gombe state Ali Isa-JC and was debated and passed on Tuesday, April 4
– An ad hoc committee of the House.is investigating the matter and must file in its report in six weeks
Jonathan’s administration is once again under the searchlight
The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the activities of the defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Punch reports that the lower house of legislature is investigating the whereabouts of the over N380bn which was said to have been recovered between 2010 and 2013.
The task force was established in June 2010 primarily to track and recover pensions of all public service retirees. It investigated both the police and Head of Service pension funds and recovered over N180bn from various banks.
The motion was moved by a member from Gombe state Ali Isa-JC and was debated and passed on Tuesday, April 4.
It noted that another N200bn was unaccounted for because the task force later became embroiled in controversies and allegations of looting.
Isa-JC noted that as a result of the controversies, the task force was dissolved by the Federal Government in 2013.
He recalled that nothing else was heard about the funds recovered by the task force and other successor agencies on pension funds.
Part of the motion read: “The House is concerned that instead of the task force discharging its mandate, it became embroiled in widespread allegations of looting of pension funds and has been unable to account for more than N200bn as a result of which the task force was dissolved in February, 2013.
“Also aware that the task force took charge of the police and the Head of Service pension funds and that more than N180bn was alleged to have been recovered from various banks and also, that more than 75,000 ‘ghost’ pensioners were paid while genuine pensioners were left unattended to.
‘Also concerned that since the dissolution of the task force, the public has not been informed of what became of the billions of naira recovered by the task force.”
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who presided over proceedings, ordered the investigation to be concluded within six weeks by an ad hoc committee of the House.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has demanded an extension of one month for ongoing registration of candidates registering for the 2017 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The House made the call for the extension of the ongoing registration exercise following a resolution contained in the motion sponsored by Danburam Abubakar Nuhu (APC, Kano).
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