Senate President Bukola Saraki has sacked 98 out of his personal aides – including his director of protocol, head of administration and 96 others to scale down the number of his aides.
According to Daily Trust, the affected aides have been issued sack letters through the office of the Chief of staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed. It was gathered that with the mass sack, Saraki’s aides have been reduced from over 300 to a little above 200.
An aide to Saraki who spoke to media correspondent said that the last batch of 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
The newspaper 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.
Kwara state government yesterday confirmed that its former governor of the state – Bukola Saraki, has returned all the pension he has received since leaving office.
Senator Saraki wrote to the state government to stop paying him pension and also refunded the ones paid to him after the SocioEconomic and Accountability Project (SERAP) raised an alarm that the senate president and some former governors, who now hold political office were receiving double pay