Irregular appointment ; Niger Assembly bars DG Pension from committee sitting.

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Appointment without due process; Niger Assembly bars DG Pension from committee sitting.

YAHAYA ZAKKA MINNA

The Niger state House of Assembly has stopped the Director General of the State Pension Board, Alh Mohammed Usman Tinau, from attending the committee sitting , saying his reappointment does not follow due process.

Raising a point of order, member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso said section 10 subsection 3 mandated the governor to seek the confirmation of the House of Assembly on the appointment of chairman, the director general and members of Niger state Pension Board.

He said the tenure of the chairman, director general and members of the board had expired sometimes last year and their reappointment was not forwarded to the assembly neither were they confirmed by the house.

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Hon. Malik said it will be inconsistent with the house rules to allow any public official not recognized by the law made by the same house to stand before the house and address them.

He said members should not allow such to happen and then moved a motion to step down the appearance of the director general pending when the law will be adheard to.

The house unanimously concurred with the motion and subsequently sent the director general away after the member representing Suleja constituency, Hon Shuaibu Liman Iya seconded the motion.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines, the DG said members only raised some observation about the constitution of the board and not referring to individual person.

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The director general of the pension board, Alh Mohammed UsmanTinau was last week invited by the house to explain why some retirees were still being paid a meagre N3000, N4000 or N5000 as monthly pensions in a time like this.


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