On Thursday, the Senate President Bukola Saraki sacked close to one hundred of his aides in a move to reduce his number of aides and personal staff who are over two hundred working with him in the last two years.
Saraki who noted that the action was driven by the need for efficient service delivery, said that it was not targeted in anyway against inherited staff as being rumoured by some insiders within the National Assembly.
It would be recalled that the Senate President, had as earlier planned about four months ago, issued letters of disengagement from service to the affected staff within the last one week, many of whom were perceived to be inherited staff from his predecessor, the former Senate President, David Mark.
Among the 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. Another affected staff who worked with former Senate President Mark is the head of administration, Folashade Adigun.
Making the clarification yesterday in Abuja while addressing Journalists, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Yusuph Olaniyonu disclosed that the sack affected both inherited and personally appointed staff, just as declined to put a figure to those affected, adding that the exercise was entirely at the discretion of the Senate President based on the judgement of a review committee.
Olaniyonu who noted that the staff review was a culmination of an assessment exercise which started four months ago, however explained further that staff were categorised into three; those determined as good enough to continue, those who needed to be removed, and the fresh persons who need to be brought in.