Why I sacked my aides – Saraki

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki said he sacked 98 aides to re­po­si­tion his of­fice.

Daily Trust had ex­clu­sively re­ported yes­ter­day that Saraki sacked 98 of his aides in­clud­ing the direc­tor of pro­to­col, and head of ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Saraki’s Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Yusuph Olaniy­onu said the ex­er­cise wasn’t a witch hunt but an ef­fort to re­po­si­tion the of­fice of the se­nate pres­i­dent.

“The main pur­pose was for ef­fi­ciency of that of­fice; it’s for us to have peo­ple that will help that of­fice to work bet­ter. It’s en­tirely the de­ci­sion of the se­nate pres­i­dent to do the repo­si­tion­ing,” he said.

He said the Se­nate Pres­i­dent knows those that were do­ing well, those that needed push and those that were not do­ing well.

He said while some of the af­fected per­sons were sacked, some were re­de­ployed back to the Na­tional As­sem­bly where they left on sec­ond­ment.

Asked of the num­ber of af­fected per­sons and the en­tire aides of his boss, Olaniy­onu said; “I don’t have the de­tails. A new set of peo­ple may also be join­ing at the end of the ex­er­cise.”

It was how­ever 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, Sen­a­tor Ike Ek­w­ere­madu and Deputy Speaker, Yusuf La­sun weighed down the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

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