The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has confirmed the sack of some of aides.
Although, he declined to disclose the number of those affected, unofficial sources put the number at 98. The sources claimed that Saraki has 300 aides.
While confirming the major shake-up in his office, Saraki through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, told National Assembly correspondents in Abuja on Thursday it was done in good fate.
He said that the exercise was to reposition the office for the delivering of the mandate of the 8th National Assembly.
Olanuyonu 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 exercise 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 on 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.
The special adviser said that the downsizing was done based on efficiency and the need to redeploy those that were seconded from the National Assembly Service Commission.
He said, ``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 the 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 the expectations of the office or who did not help enough in the functioning of the office,” he said.
On the number of those affected, Olaniyonu said he had no details and promised to get back to the newsmen after verifying the figure.