Kaduna’s Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, sacked 99 political appointees.
El-Rufai revealed the number at a media chat with some Kaduna-based journalists, explaining that disengaged appointees make up 30 percent of political office holders.
The state has started implementing its rightsizing policy but has not yet disengaged any state civil servants.
According to the governor, only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff, which includes the 23 local government councils, SUBEB, and the Primary Health Care Board.
Currently, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs, but we have not started rightsizing civil servants. Civil servants deserve fair treatment. Before we reduced the size of the civil service, we promised to start with political appointees, which we have done.
As a result of dwindling revenues accruing from the federation account, the governor, who spoke in Hausa, said the rightsizing of civil servants will still be carried out as planned.
“However, civil servants with doubts about the veracity of their data need to be given a chance to clear their doubts before any action is taken,” he explained.
The governor said his government has employed 11,000 more workers in the health sector, the Kaduna State University as well as in primary and secondary schools.
It is a fallacy to say that the salaries of political appointees account for the bloated personnel cost of the State Government, according to the governor.
In March 2021, political appointees received salaries of N259 million, while civil servants earned N3.13 billion. This does not take into account state contributions to pensions, accrued rights, and other personnel costs. Therefore, it is false to suggest that political appointees guzzle most of the state’s resources,” he said.
During his defense of the right-sizing of the public service, he stated that all states and the federal government are affected by the shortfall of revenue, and some states have even returned to paying the old monthly minimum wage of N18,000.
Kaduna state’s governor, however, has pledged that it will not reverse the N30,000 minimum wage it has started paying.
Whether federal or state, we are the first to pay the minimum wage. We will retain the minimum wage of N30,000 and the consequential adjustments that gave most of our civil servants an increase of 66%. The minimum pension will also remain at N30,000 per month.
“The unified Local Government Service continues to pay the minimum wage, despite the fact that it varies the consequential adjustments below that for state civil servants,” he added.