The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, said that the Kaduna State Government has begun to implement its rightsizing policy by disengaging 99 political appointees.
Source gathered that the Governor made the disclosure during a media chat with some Journalists on Thursday night.
He, however, stated that the Kaduna State Government had yet to disengage any civil servant.
According to Nasir, those affected by the disengagement include the 23 local government councils, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and the Primary Health Care Board.
“So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants. We want to be fair with regards 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.
According to the Governor, the disengaged political appointees constituted about 30 per cent of the total number of political office holders in the state.
While noting that the Kaduna State Government did not sack any civil servant as of recent, he said the plan to right size them will still go as planned because of dwindling revenues that were accruing to the state government from the federation account.
The Governor also faulted the claims that the salaries of political appointees accounted for the huge personnel cost of the state government.
He explained, “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.”
Governor El-Rufai added, “Kaduna State cannot continue to use 84 per to 96 per cent of our revenues to pay salaries of less than one per cent of the population.
“The rest of our people, all 99 per cent of them, need better schools, hospitals, water supply, roads, markets, and support for agriculture to make a living outside the government, “he declared.
He also promised that the state government would not reverse the N30,000 minimum wage that it has started paying.