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Politics Why I Sacked 96 Aides - Saraki

11 August 2017, 02:05 | Casey Mitchell

Senate President, Saraki sacks 98 aides

Senator Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, sacked no fewer than 98 of his personal assistants.

Although the office declined in confirming the number of staff affected, but narrated that majority of those affected were deployed back to service from National Assembly Service Commisson.

One of such 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.

"It was made known since four months ago that a comprehensive staff review exercise was going on in the office of the Senate President".

"The two years was sufficient enough to determine who is doing well, who needs a little push and who can not really fit in entirely and within the two year the assessment was made and the decision was taken. It was meant to reposition the office to ensure that the office is more strengthened".

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"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".

"It was just concluded a few days ago and the goal of the exercise is to reposition the office to improve service delivery and improve on his ability to deliver on the agenda of the 8th Senate".

The first category of workers are those that have been found capable and competent to continue with their job, like all the entire members of the media unit.

According to him, the move was aimed atbenhancing service delivery and efficiency in the office.

It was further gathered that those affected were issued sack letters through the Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in batches.

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He explained that two years was enough for the Senate President's Office to determine the aides, who could be retained and those who had not added value to the office.

Olaniyonu, however, did not provide details on the number of those affected in each category. "A new set of people may also be joining at the end of the exercise".

Saraki, who was represented by Senator David Umaru, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, said investors would only invest in an environment where there was a functional judicial system.

The senate president added that an efficient justice delivery is central to the nation's economic growth, development and the socio economic wellbeing of the citizens.

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