Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has just announced the sack of no fewer than 19 political appointees in the State.
The latest development, according to the state government, is the first phase of political appointees to depart the public service during the current rightsizing exercise, which the government had earlier stated that political appointees will also be affected by the exercise.
However, the current administration had defended its policy by saying it would not continue to pay over 80 percent of its allocation from the federation account to civil servants.
Governor El-Rufai, in a tweet on Wednesday, has however expressed his appreciation to the departing officials for their services to the state just as he wished them well in their future endeavours.
Among those disengaged by the governor include a Deputy Chief of Staff and two special advisers.
Others are: Bala Yunusa Mohammed, Deputy Chief of Legislative Staff (DCOSL); Halima Musa Nagogo, Special Assistant to DCOSL and Umar Abubakar, another Special Assistant to DCOSL, Ben Kure, Special Adviser Political; Mustapha Lynda Nyusha and Jamilu Gwarzala Dan Mutum, Special Assistants to the Special Adviser Political will also exit the service, including Umar Haruna, a Special Assistant Political; Special Adviser Social Development Zainab Shehu; Special Assistant to the Special Adviser, Stephen Hezron and Mohammed Bello Shuaibu, Senior Special Assistant Stakeholders Relations, as well as Senior Special Assistant on Youth, Aliyu Haruna.
Also on the list inlcude 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 Kaduna State Government also stated that the Special Assistant Programmes, Elias Yahaya and Special Assistant to the Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Tasiu Suleiman Yakaii are affected by the latest development.
The Special Assistant on Economic Matters, Samuel Hadwayah and Ahmed Mohammed Gero, Senior Special Assistant Environment were also sacked.