The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday confirmed the sack of 98 of his aides. Senator Saraki said the dismissal was not targeted at the inherited staff from former Senate President, David Mark.
It will be recalled that Senator Saraki in 2015, retained some of Senator David Mark’s aides. Senator Saraki had in March 2017 made known his intention to disengage some of the aides which was to ensure efficiency.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki explained that the dismissal was to reposition the Senate President’s office for better service delivery.
“The restructuring that has just taken place on the workforce in the office of the Senate President being reported as mass sack in the media, was meant to reposition the office for service delivery the outcome of which has affected three categories of staff in different ways, Olaniyonu said.
“The first category are those that have been found capable and competent to continue with their job like all the entire members of the media unit.
“The second category are those earlier seconded from the National Assembly bureaucracy to serve in the office of the Senate President but now directed to go back to their civil service job like the head of Administration, Mrs Folashade Adigun.
“The third category are those whose services within the last two years were not all that satisfactory in the eye of the committee set up by the Senate President to carry out the repositioning exercise of his office.”
Among the people dismissed by the Senate President is the Director of Protocol, Arthur Ndiwe, who has spent a total of 10 years on the position.
Ndiwe had served Senator David Mark for eight years before continuing with Saraki in June 2015.