The National Pension Commission (PenCom) appeared before the House of Representatives committee on Finance on Thursday, 08 September 2022, with initial disapproval of the absence of the Director-General as its top executives defended the Commission’s 2021/2022 Budget and present the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework/Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP).
At the hearing, the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon Saidu Abdullahi, frowned at the absence of the Commission’s Director-General, Mrs Aisha Dahir-Umar.
PenCom in a statement outlined that the DG’s absence was because she was out of town attending an official engagement. However, the Commissioner of Finance, the Director and Head of Accounts and the Deputy Director and Head of Financial Planning represented her, which is the usual practice whenever the DG is unavailable.
The Commission cleared that Aisha Dahir-Umar (pictured) takes invitations from the National Assembly seriously and ensures that she attends personally except when the exigencies of her office make it impossible, in which case the relevant Commissioner and Management staff of the Commission represent her.
The House Committee exception to the absence of the DG did not foreclose uptick of the presentation as the Committee observed with satisfaction the quality and comprehensiveness of the reports submitted to it by the Commission.