11 August 2017

Nigeria: Saraki Sacks 90 Aides

Photo: Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki.

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, yesterday confirmed that he had reduced the number of aides working in his office.

Saraki's special adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, made the confirmation when he briefed National Assembly Correspondents in Abuja.

Olaniyonu explained that the shake-up was done in good faith and was not meant to serve as a punitive measure in anyway.

He stressed that the essence of disengaging the aides was to reposition the office toward delivering on the mandate of the 8th National Assembly.

"I am here to discuss this issue of restructuring in the office of the Senate President. Some of our colleagues called me to clarify what happened.

"It has been known for four months that a comprehensive staff review was going on in the office of the senate president.

"It was just concluded a few days ago and the purpose of the exercise

is to reposition the office to improve on service delivery and improve on his ability to deliver on the agenda of the 8th Senate.

"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. "You know the Senate has just about 22 months to its expiration.

"So, it is an exercise that has now been concluded and we have determined who is good enough to continue, who needs to give way and who may likely come in," he said.

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