el-Rufai fires 19 aides as Kaduna govt ‘rightsizes’ workforce

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Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has approved the disengagement of 19 political appointees, in a move believed to be part of the touted rightsizing exercise of the workforce.

The governor said the 19 disengaged staff constitute the first phase of public servants who will depart the service, in continuation of rightsizing the workforce.

A statement from the Government House listed the affected officials as two special advisers, a deputy Chief of Staff and several special assistants.

The statement read in part: “Malam Nasir El-Rufai has thanked the departing officials for their services to the State and wished them well in their future endeavours.”

According to the statement, Bala Yunusa Mohammed, Deputy Chief of Legislative Staff (DCOSL), Halima Musa Nagogo, Special Assistant to DCOSL and Umar Abubakar, another Special Assistant to DCOSL, are among those affected.

The statement further said that 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.

The list also includes Special Adviser Social Development, Zainab Shehu; Special Assistant to the Special Adviser Stephen Hezron and Mohammed Bello Shuaibu, Senior Special Assistant (Stakeholders Relations), including Senior Special Assistant on Youth Aliyu Haruna.

Also on the list are 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.

According to the statement, Special Assistant Programmes, Elias Yahaya and Special Assistant to the Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Tasiu Suleiman Yakaii are on the list, so are the Special Assistant on Economic Matters Samuel Hadwayah and Ahmed Mohammed Gero, Senior Special Assistant Environment.

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