The Director General of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) Chinelo Anohu-Amazu has bagged the prestigious Public Service Award by the Sun Newspapers.
The award was presented to the D-G along other winners including the Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the governor of Anambra state Willy Obiano at a ceremony in Lagos.
Editor-In-Chief of the Sun Newspapers Eric Osagie explaining the choice of the D-G said “Public Service Award goes to top public servants who in the spirit of national transformation, have demonstrated an uncommon character, passion, innovation and unalloyed commitment in service delivery and thereby rendering maximum benefit to the country”.
He said Anohu- Amazu was selected as a winner of the category award 2015 after a two day debate by the Newspapers board of editors and her emergence was in recognition of her remarkable achievement in ensuring a healthy pension scheme in the country.
Ih her acceptance speech, Anohu-Amazu said the award came unexpectedly.
She “We started this journey about 13 years ago when I was working in the BPE and every enterprise we wanted to sell had a pension deficit. All investors said it was either we excised the pension deficit or sold the company for a pittance.
So the then D-G of PBE Mallam Nasir El-Rufai decided that we had to find a solution. And it was at this instance that together with the then president Olusegun Obasanjo the pension initiative was born”.