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Nellie Mayshak’s Comeuppance


For Nigerian leaders who shop for Diasporan Nigerians to sanitise the public service system, the experience of the executive secretary of PTAD, calls for a critical rethink, writes KUNLE SOMORIN

Human beings generally are made up of two tribes: the tribe of good people and the tribe of bad ones. The present travails of is the pioneer Director General of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Ms.Nellie Mayshak, attest to how deep-rooted the cancer of corruption has eaten into our public institutions.

It also shows the futility of shopping for Disaporan Nigerian to clean the polity and the need for the enthronement of public morality, a standard code of ethics and acceptable conduct.

Said to be the highest paid public officer on a humongous sixty million naira (N60m) monthly salary. Trained as a criminologist at the University of Ife (as Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was then know) and the University of British Columbia in Canda, Nellie has also completed all but the dissertation requirements towards a PhD at the University of Toronto, Canada, the same institution that former Speaker, Salisu Buhari lied he attendedand fell from power and glory.

Mashay’s may have spent over 25 years as an expert in international development experience, working across North America, Europe and Africa, but these did little to deter her from joining the league of public office abusers. She returned to public service in Nigeria and became compromised; enmeshed in the same rot she was invited to clean.

As executive secretary/DG of PTAD, she has been sent on indefinite suspension in tandem with civil service procedure to pave the way for unfettered investigations into some unsavoury deals involving huge monies were traced to her. The amount involved remains unknown.

Prior to her appointment as DG, Nellie was the National Programme Manager for the Federal Public Administration Reform Programme, a collaboration between the governments of the UK Government and Nigeria, to reform core systems and processes for policy, budget and civil service management in the Public Service of Nigeria.

A very senior management staff in the Ontario (Canada) Public Service, where she gained extensive practical experience while performing in high profile positions as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Cabinet Office, Policy Advisory to the Solicitor General and Minister of Correctional Services, Director of Research for a Justice Commission, among others, one wonders where she lost it.

Also, for a number of years, Nellie also served as the Deputy Director for International Programs at the institute of Public Administration of Canada, IPAC. Yet, she was said to have shown exemplary brilliance and courage at Ososo Grammar School where the Umene-Osu-born Nellie cut her teeth in leadership.

In over 10 other countries in Eastern Europe, China and many African countries, including Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa and Sudan ,where she was deployed as an expert in institutional strengthening of government structures and processes and building capacity for effective public policy management, reform management and coordination, she didn’t have a dent on her record until now. What could have been responsible? Is there anything fundamentally wrong that would make our international stars and diamond come home to rust?

Successive governments claim their exposure to best practices necessitate their being head-hunted to sanitise or corrupt public service. Embarrassed, the prodigious public intellectual and professor of literature and African studies at Carlton University Ottawa Canada, Pius Adesanmi, proffered an explanation: She did not steal in Canada because of the fear of consequences and the absence of impunity.

But one thing is undeniable. Some people’s DNA has imprimaturs of stealing. Many Nigerians who work honestly abroad often dream of an opportunity to return home to join the bandwagon of public looters, who become instant billionaires at the expense of the public because this is a country where people give no damn about how people made their money and a society that has agreed to function on a paradigm of crime without punishment and impunity.

Surprisingly, Mayshak shenanigans were exposed by the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, herself sourced from abroad. Mayshak was exposed by the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) scheme introduced by banks led to the discovery of several shady dealings under Mayshak’s watch.

It remains a mystery how Mayshak could become or ‘thief’ given what PTAD referred to as inbuilt mechanism in the pension system to forestall fraud under her watch.

She had rated her organisation better than the fugitive former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, who has already been declared wanted by the police. PTAD was a response to the huge police pension fraud under Maina’s PRTT.

How can PTAD which last July claim to have uncovered no fewer than 132,000 fake pensioners in the federal government payroll, another 3,000 ghost police pensioners, and saved over N100 million monthly, which would have been paid to the ghost pensioners become the haunted now? Could it be politics? Whether she was naïve, framed or just acting true to type, investigations will soon reveal.


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