Head of Service, Not Jonathan Can Sack Maina – Presidency
The Presidency has reacted to the ultimatum issued by the Senate that it should sack embattled Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, stating that this can only be done by following existing civil service rule.
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, who said the president was not backing Mr Maina against the Senate, pointed out that the lawmakers can summon anyone they so wish.
‚ÄúAs a man that believes in the rule of law, the president believes that laid down procedure should be followed in addressing issues‚ÄĚ he said.
He added that the process of stripping any erring civil servant of his job resides in the Head of Service of the Federation, who is the executor of the regulations guiding the hiring and firing of anyone found wanting.
“The Senate has constitutional power to summon anybody. If such person failed to appear before them, the lawmakers are also empowered to issue warrant of arrest against the person.”
“The President has not in any way stood in the way of the senate in inviting Maina. You will recall that the police even declared him wanted.”
“Maina is a civil servant. If he has done something that amount to a breach of civil service rule, the appropriate office to do the right thing and ensure that due process is followed is the office of the head of service of the federation‚ÄĚ he further adds.
The Senate had on Wednesday threatened a showdown with the President over the retention of Mr Maina as the Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team despite the fraudulent investigation the Senate is conducting on him.
The Federal lawmakers were incensed over the repeated refusal of Mr Maina to appear before its committee investigating pension administration to answer allegations of his involvement in a N195 billion pension scam.
All the 180 senators at plenary signed the motion for the removal of Mr Maina as the head of the Pension Reform Task Team.