Restructuring Affected 96 Staff Of Senate President’s Office- Saraki’s Aide, Olaniyonu
The mass sack of aides of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has been linked to a restructuring of sort as the 8th Senate near its expiration. It was disclosed that the desire of the office to reposition brought about the staff review which have been on-going for a period of four months, according to Yusuf Olaniyonu, the Special Adviser to Saraki on Media and Publicity.
Olaniyonu while briefing the members of the press at National Assembly on Thursday disclosed that the mass retrenchment was real as some of his former colleagues have been calling him to confirm the situation. He stated that the review started some months ago as the Senate President’s office was sorting for ways to improve it’s service in the 8th Assembly.
He along disclosed that not all the aides were made jobless due to the mass sack as some of the affected staff are to be redeployed to the National Assembly Service Commission.
He said, “I am here to discuss this issue of restructuring in the office of the Senate President. Some of our colleagues called me to clarify what happened. It is has been known for four months that a comprehensive staff review was going on in the office of the senate president.
“It was just concluded a few days ago and the purpose 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.
“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. You know the Senate has just about 22 months to its expiration.
“So, it is an exercise that has now been concluded and we have determined who is good enough to continue, who needs to give way and who may likely come in,” he said.
He added: “There are some members of staff who by their performance in the last two years have been deemed fit to continue and those ones are still there.
“There is also a second category of people who were seconded from the National Assembly Service Commission to the office of the Senate president.
“Some of them were told to revert to bureaucracy where they were from the beginning.
“Then, there is a third set who have been removed maybe, because they were found not to have met expectations of the offices or who did not help enough in the functioning of the office.
“So, you see that actually, it is a positive one, not a punitive measure. It was meant to reposition the office to ensure that the office is more strengthened