Senate President appoints new aides

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


Eight days after his election as the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has approved the appointments of Babagana Muhammad Aji as his Chief of Staff and Festus Adedayo as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, respectively.

The appointments take effect immediately.

”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,” a statement from the office of the Senate President reads.

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.

Aji 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.


Mercy Chukwudiebere