Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state yesterday announced the sack of 20 out of about 35 permanent secretaries from Kaduna State civil service.
The governor stated that the officials were relieved of their duties in order to reduce the cost of governance in the state and free more funds for developments.
This was conveyed in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday and signed on his (El Rufais) behalf by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.
Part of the statement reads: In line with its resolve to cut the cost of running government, the Kaduna State Government has announced the retirement of 20 permanent secretaries.
This decision follows the streamlining of ministries in the state from 19 to a leaner 13, as part of efforts to free up resources to be used for providing schools, hospitals, roads and other public goods.
The government, which had at inception declared its determination to cut costs, drive efficiency and improve service delivery, is continuing the restructuring of its agencies.
“To ensure that the number of permanent secretaries is properly aligned with the new structure, there will be only 13 permanent secretaries for the 13 ministries.
The ministries are:
- Justice, Agriculture and Forestry,
- Commerce, Industry and Tourism,
- Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs,
- Youth, Sports and Culture
- Environment and Natural Resources.
- Women Affairs and Social Development,
- Water Resources,
- Health and Human Services,
- Science and Technology.
The rest are:
- Budget and Planning,
- Finance and Works,
- Housing and Transport
In addition, five departments will be headed by permanent secretaries.
The Public Service Office; the Bureau of Establishments; Political and Economic Affairs; Cabinet and Security Services and General Services. This will bring the total number of permanent secretaries in the civil service to 18.
The statement went to say that the governor has approved the appointment of Thomas Gyang, a plateau state indigene, as Special Adviser, Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (BMPIU).
The governor also named a new chairman for the state’s Local Government Service Commission. He is Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Aminu, the Wazirin Zazzau.
The appointment of Mr. Ezekiel Baba Karik as Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has also been announced.
A former vice-chairman of Kaduna South Local Government, Mr. Karik was an organising secretary in the campaign organisation of APC guber aspirant, Hon. Isah Ashiru, prior to serving as special assistant to Mr. Barnabas Yusuf Bala after his emergence as the running mate to Malam El-Rufai.
He holds postgraduate diplomas in management studies and business administration.
The statement read.
Mr El-Rufai had earlier slashed his salary and that of his deputy by 50 per cent in order to reduce the cost of governance in the state.