Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has approved the disengagement of 4,042 local government staff across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Their dismissal was made known by the state commissioner for local government and Chieftancy affairs, Alhaji Jafaru Sani, while speaking with journalists at a press conference in Kaduna on Monday.
According to him, the exercise was part of the ongoing restructuring of the local government system for effective service delivery.
He also said that the restructuring was designed to strengthen the local government system in order to carry out developmental projects and programmes.
Sani noted that 3,159 staff among those disengaged had put in 10 years and were retired while the remaining 893 had their jobs terminated.
The commissioner added that the state government will pay all the affected workers their retirement benefits and other entitlements.
“It is a known fact that the LGAs were overburdened by redundant and unproductive staff who are contributing nothing to the development of the councils,” he said.
“Because of the over-bloated staff, the LGAs are doing nothing other than paying salaries and end up becoming more or less a poverty alleviation centres, where people just go to collect money and go home.
“To ensure development at the local levels therefore, we have to do what is right by downsizing the redundant staff to free some funds that would be injected in developmental projects.
“With the disengagement, the supporting members of staff at the 23 LGAs are now 6,732, excluding primary school teachers and primary health care workers.”
“I am sure, with this development, local government areas will soon start executing capital and development projects to provide social services to the people.”
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Commission, Mr Mahmud Zailani, explained that the ongoing local government restructuring was part of the governor’s campaign promise to strengthen public service.
“The governor began his public service restructuring at the state level when he reduced the number of the state ministries from over 20 to 13.
“A number of permanent secretaries and other staff had to go during the process as part of efforts to provide quality public service.
“I say here that the disengagement was not forced on the LGAs but was carried out with their full support and each LGA was treated according to its peculiarities,’’ Zailani said.