Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said the government sacked 99 political appointees as part of its right-sizing.
El-Rufai, who made the disclosure at a news briefing on Friday, June 18, said that the government was yet to disengage any state civil servant in the state.
The governor explained that the disengaged political appointees constituted 30 per cent of political office holders in the state.
El-Rufai disclosed that only agencies connected to the local government system had disengaged staff and these included the 23 local government councils, SUBEB, and the Primary Health Care Board.
“So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs; but we have not commenced rightsizing of civil servants. We want to be fair with regard to civil servants.
“We had earlier promised that; before we reduce the size of the civil service; we will start with political appointees and we have done that,’’ he said.
The governor, who spoke in Hausa, said the rightsizing of civil servants would still go on as planned; because of dwindling revenues that accrued to the state government from the Federation Account.
El-Rufai explained that the rightsizing commenced with political appointees because their details were clearly known; making it easier to disengage them.
“However, civil servants with question data have to be given a chance to clear the doubts before any action is taken on them,’’ he clarified.
The governor said his administration employed 11,000 more workers in the health sector, Kaduna State University; as well as primary and secondary school teachers across the state.
He disclosed that it was a fallacy to allege that the salaries of political appointees accounted for the bloated personnel cost of the Kaduna state government.
“In March 2021, the salaries of these political appointees amounted to N259 million; while civil servants were paid N3.13 billion; aside from costs related to state contributions to pension, accrued rights, and other personnel costs.
“So, it is false to insinuate that political appointees are the ones that guzzle most of the state’s resources,’’ he said.
The governor, however, promised that Kaduna state would not reverse the N30,000 minimum wage that it had started paying.
“The unified Local Government Service continues to pay the minimum wage; even though they varied the consequential adjustments for their workers below the level for state civil servants,’’ he added.