Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said Kaduna State has started implementing its rightsizing policy by disengaging 99 political appointees.
The governor who said no civil servant has been disengaged yet disclosed that only agencies connected to the local government system have disengaged staff.
He said the affected agencies include the 23 local government councils, SUBEB and the Primary Health Care Board.
El-Rufai, who made the disclosure at a media chat with some Kaduna-based broadcast journalists, Thursday night, in Kaduna explained that the disengaged political appointees constitute 30 per cent of political office holders.
The governor, who spoke in Hausa, said the rightsizing of civil servants would still go on as planned due to the dwindling revenues that were accruing to the state government from the federation account.
El-Rufai explained that the rightsizing commenced with political appointees as their details were clearly known, making it more straightforward to disengage them.
The governor said that his government has employed 11,000 more workers in the health sector, Kaduna State University as well as primary and secondary school teachers across the state.
He said that it was a fallacy to allege that the salaries of political appointees account for the bloated personnel cost of Kaduna State government.
The governor, however, promised that Kaduna State would not reverse the N30, 000 minimum wage that it has started paying.
“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 would start with political appointees and we have done that,’’ he said.
‘’However, civil servants with question marks on the veracity of their data have to be given a chance to clear the doubts before any action is taken on them,’’ he clarified.
“We are the first government, federal or state, 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 a 66 per cent salary increase. We will also retain the minimum pension of N30, 000 monthly.