Lawan’s media aide resigns

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Four days after he was reappointed, Olu Onemola, the Special Assistant on New media to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has resigned.

The development comes few days after the Senate President sacked his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Festus Adedayo.

Recall that Onemola, a former aide of Saraki, was reappointed by Lawan last Wednesday in controversial circumstances.

A statement on Sunday by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media & Publicity, Mohammed Isa made this known in Abuja.

The resignation, according to the statement is contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President.

In the letter, Onemola thanked Lawan for the offer to continue to serve and promote the work of the 9th Senate, “which I am sure is borne out your patriotic desire to serve the Nigerian people.

“However, at this time, given my antecedents and the controversy this has generated, I would respectfully like to be excused from taking up this national assignment.

“It is my hope that whoever does fill this role will build upon what we have started in terms of opening up the activities of the Nigerian Senate to the public”, added Onemola

The Senate President, the statement added, has since approved the resignation and wished Onemola all the best in his future endeavors.

 

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja

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NASS will not be a rubber stamp under me – Lawan

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Senate President Ahmed Lawan Wednesday, reiterated that the National Assembly will not be a rubber stamp under his administration.

Lawan who led the newly leadership of the Senate to visit Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the visit provided both the Legislature and the Executive an opportunity to also discuss the type of Senate and of course the National Assembly that should be expected in the Ninth National Assembly.

He noted that the new National Assembly, received a bi-partisan mandate from across the parties.

“The PDP, the YPP voted for us and we believe that this is the time and opportunity for us to consolidate the kind of support that we received across the political parties that we received in the National Assembly. We believe that we must remain united in the National Assembly.
He promised a focused Legislature, adding that “ We must remain focused for us to be able to deliver those legislative interventions that would be necessary for good governance in the country.

The Senate President said the relationship with the executive arm of government will be based on cooperation and collaboration.
“It is our desire in the Ninth National Assembly to work seamlessly with the executive arm of government because we believe that Nigerians did not make a mistake for voting for the executive as presently constituted and the legislature as it is today. So, we are in it together with the executive arm of government to work in such a fashion to be able to deliver those democracy dividends that Nigerians need today.

“It is our desire also to ensure that whoever is appointed by the executive arm of government performs his or her functions optimally.

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Ahmed Lawan makes first appointments

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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has approved the appointments of Babagana Muhammad Aji and Festus Adedayo as his Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity respectively.
According to a statement signed by Special Adviser to the Senate President on Administration, Betty Okoroh the appointments are with immidiate effect.
“The appointments were made based on merit, experience, track record and competency of Aji and Adedayo needed by the Senate President in executing his planned legislative agenda,” the statement added.
Aji, who is currently an Administrative Coordinator of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Outreach Services, holds a Master Degree in Educational Planning and Administration, and another one in Public Administration both from University of Maiduguri.
He started his working carrier with the University of Maiduguri in 1987 as Administrative Assistant and rose to become the Registrar of the University in 1997.
He later joined the services of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH)  where he was appointed as Director in 2016.
He is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Registered Administrative Managers of Nigeria, and attended several workshops, trainings and conferences both locally and abroad
Adedayo on the other hand is a holder of PhD in Political Communication from University of Ibadan, and a member of Editorial Board of Tribune newspapers.
He was Special Adviser on Media to Oyo state governor between 2011 to 2015, Special Adviser on Media to Enugu State governor between 2004 to 2007 and Special Assistant to Enugu state governor on Public Policy Analysis between 2003 and 2004.

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