Maina: Head of Service tackles Dambazau

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Winifred Oyo-Ita

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Monday denied reports that she approved the reinstatement and posting of a former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, to the Ministry of Interior.

Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau on Sunday denied report that he was behind the posting of Mr Maina to the ministry as director and apportioned blame on the office of the Head of Service.

Mr Dambazau said, “For the avoidance of doubt, issues relating to Discipline, Employment, Re-engagement, Posting, Promotion and Retirements of Federal Civil Servants are the responsibility of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, of which no Minister exercises such powers as erroneously expressed in this publication.”

But in a statement by her Assistant Director, Media Relations, Mohammed Manga, Mrs Oyo-Ita said Mr Maina’s reinstatement and posting did not emanate from her office.

“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,” she added.