As part of the government’s restructuring policy, Kaduna Governor Malam Nasir Rufai fired 99 people appointed by politicians. El-Rufai revealed that only the staff of institutions related to the local government system were disconnected, including 23 local government committees, the National Universal Basic Education Committee, and the Primary Health Care Committee.

The governor who at a media chat on Thursday night, explained that the disengaged political appointees constituted 30% of political officeholders.

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“So far, 99 political appointees have lost their jobs but we have not commenced rightsizing civil servants. We want to be fair with regard 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,’’ El-Rufai said.

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The governor speaking in Hausa said that due to the reduction in state government revenue from the federal account, the reasonable size of civil servants will continue as planned. El Rufai explained that the adjustment scale began with political appointees because their detailed information is clear, which makes it easier for them to disconnect.

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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 said