President Buhari reinstates wrongfully retired whistleblower

President Buhari reinstates wrongfully retired whistleblower

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the immediate reinstatement of Maryam Danna, who was unfairly retired in 2016 by the Federal Government.

President Muhammadu Buhari approved the immediate reinstatement of Maryam Danna, who was unfairly retired in 2016 by the Federal Government.


In a reinstatement letter signed by the Secretary of Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, he stated that the previous letter of his separation has been annulled.

The reinstatement letter seen by PRNigeria with a reference No. SGF.50 / S / 4 / II / 621 and dated November 18, 2020, the SGF wrote as follows: “I am writing to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved its reinstatement as General Manager (Audit and Compliance), Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited with effect from 10 November 2020.

“Consequently, the letter of his separation Rf. NoSGF. 55 / S.4 / 52 of June 10, 2016 has been set aside. Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on your reinstatement ”, he concluded.

Ms. Danna, a Chartered Accountant for Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), was a respected whistleblower who had reported corrupt practices and other wrongdoing at the federal agency, for which some of its officials were penalized. But instead of being rewarded for this act of patriotism, she was fired while the accused officials who had been suspended were reabsorbed and promoted to higher levels in government ministries.

Upon learning of the case, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered that the widow be reinstated to her position in the agency in a memorandum from the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to the then-President’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, dated October 25. , 2016. But that never happened.

The eighth Senate of the Federal Republic, under the leadership of Bukola Saraki, subsequently passed a resolution on May 3, 2018, ordering the immediate retirement of Ms. Danna to her position as general manager (Audit and Compliance) of NDPHC.

The current Senate, under the leadership of Senate President Ahmed Lawan, on February 20, 2020 also ordered NDPHC to reverse the alleged improper termination of the appointment and similarly sent a letter in March 2020 to the federation’s secretary of government. , urging him to direct the Managing Director of the NDPHC to comply with and implement his resolution on the case.

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