Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has affirmed its position on the five directors sacked recently by the Directorate, saying there is no going back even as it explained the reason for their sack.
PTAD’s Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor in her paper at a recent press conference in Abuja said they were sacked for contravening Public Service Rule 020205 (a).
She also explained that contrary to opinion in some quarters that due process was not followed in the procedure of dismissing them, but it however said that all regulatory requirements were fulfilled.
“The four erstwhile Directors contravened Public Service Rule 020205 (a) which states that to be eligible for appointment into the Federal Public Service, individuals must not be less than 18 years and not more than 50 years of age at the time of appointment. These individuals were appointed into the Federal Public Service when they were above the statutory entry age limit of 50 years. Hence, their appointments were ab initio null and void. To ensure conformity in line with the PSR, the individuals where disengaged.
“The Executive Secretary offered to reengage them on contract as they possessed specialized competencies and skills with regards to pension matters but they refused.
“There have been calls and petitions to reengage them but PTAD at this time does not require their services,” Sharon said.
PTAD stated for the record that contrary to the assertions that due process was not followed in the procedure of disengaging them, all regulatory requirements were fulfilled in implementing the recommendations of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as approved by the Honorable Minister of Finance.