Pension Scam: Arewa youths to stage protests in Kaduna, Abuja over Maina

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Abdulrasheed Maina

The Arewa Youth Alliance, AYA, has disclosed that it plans to protest in Abuja and Kaduna over the continued  uncertainty over the fate of the former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The National coordinator of the group, Isah Amin, told journalists in Abuja that the protest was to draw attention over the failure of the Federal Government to act on the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja setting aside the sack of Maina from the civil service.

Also, Amin said the protests were to decry the incessant harrassment by the police against the former PRTT boss.

According to the AYA coordinator, Maina has been under seige by the police despite having nothing established against him.

“It is unfortunate that a man that recovered over N150billion of pension funds, and injected over N70billion into the 2012 budget should become a fugitive in his country is unacceptable.

“You and me were witnesses to the drama orchestrated by the Senate Committee on Pension and Establishment headed by Senator Aloysuis Etuk of the PRTT’s wrongdoings. Is it not curious that till date, Etuk’s committee has failed to make the report of his committee public and this to us as northern youths is unacceptable.”

The AYA coordinator described Maina’s travail as the height of “impunity and injustice,” and appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to as of urgency take decisive action on the matter in the interest of the rule of law, stressing that the prosecution of alleged pension thieves would not have been possible without Maina.

He further disclosed that despite the huge sums recovered by the Maina’s PRTT, the government has failed to release any fund to those responsible for the recovery and challenged the Ministry of Finance to counter their allegation.

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