By Favour Nnabugwu
Against all odds and allegations of misappropriation leveled against the Director-General of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs Aishat Dahir-Umar has dared anyone or institution to investigate and will not find any fault with her
PenCom in a Statement released today said the regulatory books are open for scrutiny.
Dahiru-Umar said the Commission is ready to open it’s books for probe, adding that there is nothing to hide.
She said PenCom is aware of a coordinated 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 PenCom 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),” Mrs 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 organisation which are yielding positive results.”
Describing the era of “anything goes” as long dead and buried, she said: “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 cooperate 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”.