By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday, assured civil servants in the state of security of their jobs, following anxiety that trailed the sack of 20 permanent secretaries, Wednesday.
The clarification came in a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna.
The statement read: “The retirement of 20 permanent secretaries does not mean government has plans to sack any civil servant.
“Whereas permanent secretaries are political appointees that serve at the pleasure of the governor, the appointment, promotion and discipline of civil servants, like directors and below, are governed by clear rules under the control of State Civil Service Commission.
“These extant rules and procedures will be fully respected by the state government.
“In creating a more efficient civil service, capable of better delivery of public services, the government has the dual duty of eliminating redundancies and duplications, but will have to fill glaring shortages in the manpower available by employment of persons in the education and health sectors.
“Workers diligently doing their jobs have nothing to fear.
“Permanent secretaries are political appointees and are, therefore, subject to the conditions pertaining to such appointments.
“The new government inherited 35 permanent secretaries and it was logical that the number had to reduce for restructuring.”