El-Rufai sacks 19 appointees to ‘rightsize’ state public service

By our reporter| Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Wednesday sacked 19 of his political appointees, including a deputy chief of staff and two special advisers in an effort to “rightsize” the state’s public service.

In a statement made available to reporters, the government said this is the first phase of the rightsizing exercise at the executive level.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has thanked the departing officials for their services to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours,” the statement read.

Bala Yunusa Mohammed, the deputy chief of legislative staff (DCOSL), Halima Musa Nagogo, special assistant to DCOSL, and Umar Abubakar, special assistant to DCOSL, were affected.

Ben Kure, special adviser political, was also disengaged.

”Mustapha Lynda Nyusha, Umar Haruna, and Jamilu Gwarzala Dan Mutum, special assistants to Kure, will exit the service,” the statement said.

”Zainab Shehu, special adviser social development; Stephen Hezron, special assistant to Shehu; Mohammed Bello Shuaibu, senior special assistant stakeholders relations; and Aliyu Haruna, senior special assistant on youth, were also not spared in the move to rightsize the state’s public service.

“Also on the list are Halima Idris, special assistant creative arts, Engr Aliyu Alhaji Salihu, director-general of public procurement authority, special assistant community relations, Ashiru Zuntu, and Saida Sa’ad, a senior special assistant,” the statement added.

Kaduna state government has been at loggerheads with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the decision to disengage 4,000 workers across the 23 LGAs in the state.

The workers went on a warning strike but suspended the action following the intervention of the federal government.

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