What was meant to be a routine redeployment from the Presidential Villa to two newly-created ministries ended up being sack for 35 aides of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday.
Daily Sun gathered that with President Muhammadu Buhari’s creation of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster management, on August 21, there was an understanding that officers who were specifically employed for the Social Investment Programme (Tradermoni, N-Power, Home-Grown School Feeding, Government Economic Empowerment, Conditional Cash Transfer), which was hitherto domiciled in Osinbajo’s office, would be redeployed to work in the new ministry, as well as that of the Ministry of Special Duties and other federal ministries, departments and agencies.
But, when they reported at the ministries, they were told there was no vacancy and their services not even needed.
It was learnt that the redeployed staff were specifically told that they were not needed as there was no space for them to operate in some of the ministries.
The vice president, it was learnt, now awaits the president’s return, as, according to a source, “the affected staff were meant to be redeployed and not sacked. That was the situation before the president travelled out. Their appointment letters stated that they are the president’s employees but deployed to serve in the vice president’s office.”
Asked who signed the disengagement letters, he said it was from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“Any appointment letter of any political appointee is signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. If it’s a career civil servant, then it is signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the federation.”
The Presidency, yesterday, unveiled identities of the affected aides. On the list are Babajide, grandson of Obafemi Awolowo and Jibola Ajayi, daughter of Abiola Ajimobi. Prof. Osinbajo is married to one of the grand daughters of the late sage and premier of old Western Region while Senator Ajimobi is former governor of Oyo State
Also affected are Jibola Ajayi (special adviser, legal), Lanre Osinbona (senior special assistant, ICT), Imeh Okon (senior special assistant, Infrastructure), Jide Awolowo (Special adviser, oil and gas), Lilian Idiaghe (Special adviser, research, legal and compliance), Arukino Umukoro (Special adviser, Niger Delta), Bala Liman Mohammed (Senior special assistant, Economy), Edobor Iyamu (Senior special assistant, Niger Delta), Dolapo Bright (Senior special assistant, agro allied value chain), Toyosi Onaolapo (Special adviser, community engagement), Gambo Manzo (Special adviser, political), Bisi Ogungbemi (Special adviser, political matters), Edirin Akemu (Senior special assistant, industry, trade & investment), Akin Soetan (Senior technical assistant, economic matters), Aondaver Kuttuh (Technical assistant, rule of law), Ife Adebayo (Special adviser, innovation), Yussuf Ali (Special adviser, power regulations) and Tola Asekun (Senior special assistant, National Boundary Commission)among others