Saraki sacks 98 aides

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki has sacked his di­rec­tor of protocol, head of ad­min­is­tra­tion and 96 oth­ers to scale down the num­ber of his aides, our cor­re­spon­dent re­li­ably gath­ered yes­ter­day.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the af­fected aides have been is­sued sack let­ters through the of­fice of the Chief of staff, Ha­keem BabaAhmed. It was gath­ered that with the mass sack, Saraki’s aides have been re­duced from over 300 to a lit­tle above 200.

Daily Trust had ex­clu­sively re­ported in March, 2016, how hun­dreds of aides en­gaged by Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, the Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Ike Ek­w­ere­madu and Deputy Speaker, Yusuf La­sun weighed down the Na­tional Assem­bly.

An aide to Saraki told our cor­re­spon­dent that the last batch of the af­fected aides, were given their sack let­ters on Tues­day.

“They started last Wed­nes­day and they have fin­ished dis­tribut­ing the let­ters on Tues­day. Out of the 300 aides, about 100 were af­fected. You know we have some of our col­leagues that are based in Kwara,” he said.

He said among those af­fected were the di­rec­tor of protocol, Arthur Ndiwe and the head of ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mrs Fo­lasade Adi­gun.

It was also gath­ered that the Spe­cial Ad­viser to Saraki on le­gal mat­ters, Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi has also re­signed.

An­other source in Saraki’s of­fice, who also con­firmed the mass sack, said ma­jor­ity of those af­fected were staff of the Na­tional Assem­bly, who have been on sec­ond­ment for over a decade.

The source who doesn’t want to be named said oth­ers who were af­fected are those who were re­dun­dant and are not ‘adding value’ to the sys­tem.

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