Abuja - The National Assembly management has demoted more than half of the legislative aides of presiding officers, Daily Trust reports.
The decision to demote the aides was due to over bloated number of aides engaged by Saraki, Dogara, deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and deputy speaker, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun.
Earlier in the year, the National Assembly management had requested the presiding officers to reduce the number of their aides by at least 60 percent as part of cost cutting measures to meet its obligations.
The four presiding officers reportedly has 400 aides. Saraki – 112, Dogara – 170, Ekweremadu – 60 and Lasun – 58 according to News24.
The officers refused the management’s request to reduce the number of their aides, which made the recent decision inevitable according to sources in the National Assembly.
The demotion also affected almost all aides of federal lawmakers including those who were engaged by senators and House of Reps members.
Saraki and Dogara were earlier in the year asked to cut down the numbers to 25 each while Ekweremadu and Lasun should have 17 each.
The aides are in three categories – Special Advisers (SAs), Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants whose salaries range between N700 000 to over a million naira each.
The special advisers earn about the same salaries as federal permanent secretaries while the others earn higher than directors in federal government establishments.
- News 24