Senate President sacks 98 personal aides

Weighed down by N1bn wage bill Saraki sacks 98 aides

Senate President, Saraki sacks 98 aides

Senate President of Nigeria, and ex-governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, has reportedly sacked 98 aides out of 300 personal aides working for him.

"There is also a second category of people who were seconded from the National Assembly Service Commission to the office of the Senate President and in this exercise some of them were told to revert to bureaucracy where they were from the beginning".

But Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser on media to the senate president, said he was not aware of the mass sack. "It was meant to reposition the office to ensure that the office is more strengthened". It is possible some new people may also be joining, in areas lapses have been observed.

"We have served for two years and this is a long time enough to determine who is good enough to continue in the last phase of the service".

One of such staff is the Director of Protocol, Arthur Ndiwe who has spent a total of 10 years on the position, having served Mark for eight years before continuing with Saraki immediately after his inauguration, June 2015.

Olaniyonu said the staff review is a culmination of an assessment exercise which started four months ago.

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"I am here to discuss this issue of restructuring in the office of the Senate President".

While some were outrightly sacked, other aides were redeployed to the National Assembly from where they were initially seconded.

Asked of the number of affected persons and the entire aides of his boss, Olaniyonu said; "I don't have the details".

He also declined to put a figure to those affected, adding that the exercise was entirely at the discretion of the Senate President based on the judgment of a review committee.

The Senate President had directed that a "comprehensive human resource audit" be carried out in his office in December 2016.

His former Chief of Staff, Senator Isa Galaudu, who later resigned his appointment, had in a letter to the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, said the measure was aimed at "verifying the skills, efficiency and motivation of the employees of the National Assembly".

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