Managing Director of the NSITF, Mr. Adebayo Somefun
President didn’t suspend us, officials reply Ngige
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has permitted the quick compulsory and indefinite suspension from workplace of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Belief Fund (NSITF), Mr. Adebayo Somefun, three directors, and eight senior management workers.
But in a swift response, NSITF has debunked the suspension claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, insisting that Buhari didn’t suspend its management workers, and accusing the minister of over-reaching himself.
The affected directors contain: Mr. Jasper Ikedi Azuatalam (Executive Director, Finance and Funding), Mrs. Olukemi Nelson (Executive Director, Operations), Alhaji Tijani Darazo Sulaiman (Executive Director, Administration).
The eight senior management workers who were also suspended are: Mr. Olusegun Olumide Bashorun (Customary Supervisor Administration/Human Sources/Maintenance), Mr. Lawan Tahir (Customary Supervisor, Finance), and Mr. Chris Esedebe (Customary Supervisor, Claims and Compensation).
Others are: Mr. Olodotun A. Adegbite (DeputGeneral Supervisor, Funding and Treasury Administration), Mr. Emmanuel Enyinnaya Sike (Deputy Customary Supervisor, Finance and Accounts), Mrs. Olutoyin O. Arokoyo (Deputy Customary Supervisor/Acting
Head, Right), Ms. Dorathy Zajeme Tukura (Deputy Customary Supervisor, Administration), Mrs. Victoria Ayantuga (Assistant Customary Supervisor, Inner Audit)
A observation signed by the Deputy Director/Head (Press and Public Relatives), Mr. Charles Akpan said the suspension officers arose from “the preliminarily established prima facie infractions on the extant Financial Rules and Procurement Act, and more than a few acts of injurious misconduct”.
But NSITF said in an announcement issued last night that Buhari didn’t suspend its management workers.
“We preserve to yell that President Muhammadu Buhari has not suspended the management of NSITF and didn’t produce such announcement. The person mentioned in the media allege just isn’t a workers of the President.
“For readability, we agree with to existing that we got a letter from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige stating that he’s doing a procurement audit on NSITF and that management is suspended.
“We label that the Minister’s circulate is against President Buhari’s directive by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that acknowledged clearly that no minister would possibly perhaps also indifferent suspend or sack any head of company appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The memo acknowledged that ministers would possibly perhaps also indifferent yell procedures by going by the governing board of the company that will now produce suggestions to the SGF to behave if there would possibly be need. We’re distinct that President Buhari would possibly perhaps also not be section of any illegality and lack of due path of,” the observation explained.
NSITF said it used to be begin to any create of investigation by the correct company, adding that there would possibly be nothing that it’ll masks or is hiding.
“We agree with been in receipt of a lot of letters by the minister and a lot of petitions written against NSITF by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige and we can produce all communications accessible to the final public and linked authorities.
NSITF added that its officials were indifferent discharging their responsibilities as appointed by President Buhari.