The House of Representatives, yesterday, threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over her refusal to honour invitations from its Committee on Pensions.
Members of the committee also want the Finance Minister to explain her role in the take-over of Police Pension Fund and non-payment of pensions to retired officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force.
Chairman of the Committee on Pension, Ibrahim Kamba, read the decision of the committee after waiting for the minister for several hours without any apology for non-appearance.
He noted that it was obvious that the minister was not ready to appear to explain why the ministry took over Police Pension office without regard to Pension Reform Act.
“We have been inviting the Minister of Finance over the problems of police pension. She has been holding the police pension and several police pensioners have died due to non-payment despite the fact that the National Assembly appropriated money in the 2012 fiscal year.
“Following her refusal, the committee is going to issue a warrant of arrest against the minister if she fails to attend the next meeting.
“We are going to give her a last opportunity. She has no right to neglect the summons of the committee. Many former IGs have not been paid. Sunday Ehindero and Sunday Adewusi and DIG Akeredolu have not been listed due to the take-over by the minister.
“We want to make the reason for our action clear to Nigerians. We hate playing with peoples’ lives. We have received some petitions from the police that many police pensioners are not paid.”
is very bad of her mrs okonjo iweala to refusal of paying police pension, as she make some retire police suffering today God will make her suffer with her coming generation for make other people suffer for their sweaty God will judge you?
Pls help and consider the retired police officers so that others will hav courage to be patrotic
Please the committee should stop the treaty that they are going to arrest mrs okojo and hear from her first because we don’t have somebody like her in this nation two, and for you ma’am please do what you thing is the right thing to do that every nigeria will be happy to follow
The indiscipline that some of our leaders exhibit is unbelievable. what are they teaching the upcoming generation. I suggest her immediate arrest. we must start from somewhere in order to make this change. she should respect Nigerians. I don’t see any reason why she will not respond to the invitation if her hands are clean.
I like, love and adore Okonjo-Iweala, but the truth is I am uncomfortable with her superintending over the processes by which several cases of high corruption have been brought to fore under this government. I can only give her the benefit of the doubt but the truth is that she does not enjoy that much in an increasing number of displeased Nigerians.