The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has acknowledged that it was aware of a coordinated plan to bring the Commission into disrepute with frivolous petitions to the anti-graft agencies in collaboration with disgruntled insiders but vows not to succumb to blackmail.
In a statement signed by Head, Corporate Communications, PenCom, Abdulqadir Dahiril, at the weekend said “The books of the Commission is ready and open for scrutiny because it has nothing to hide.
According to the statement, “Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director-General, said PenCom is aware of a co-ordinated plan to bring the Commission into disrepute with frivolous petitions to the anti-graft agencies in collaboration with disgruntled insiders.
“These elements, some of whom are yet to come to terms with the fact that it is no longer at their beck and call, have been sponsoring negative media reports and getting faceless groups to write frivolous petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”
Dahir-Umar said. “Although some low-level media outfits are giving a voice to these defamatory petitions, those who know how we conduct our affairs at PenCom are not in any way bothered. Since I took over as the DG, we have undertaken far-reaching reforms within the Commission which are yielding positive results.”
She described the era of “anything goes” as long dead and buried, adding “Those who think they can use the Commission to make money or that they should be the ones calling the shots are bitterly disappointed and are sponsoring false publications and trumped-up petitions.”
“We will co-operate fully with the agencies. Our message to the disgruntled elements today is exactly as it was yesterday: we will not allow anyone to pilfer pension funds for self-aggrandizement. It will never happen under my watch.”
“Dahir-Umar added that if PenCom had anything to hide, we would have surrendered to the agents of blackmail who have been on our case since 2017 when I became acting DG”.