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El-Rufai sacks 4,042 local government workers




-Kaduna state sacks over 4,000 workers.

-This, the government said is to enable the local government meet its financial and social responsibilities.

El-Rufai disengages local government workers from service.

More than 4,000 local government workers in Kaduna state have been disengaged from the civil service by the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

An analysis given by Jafaru Sani, commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs in Kaduna state, revealed the affected workers were from the state’s local service commission.

Of the total figure, 3,159 of the affected workers were retired, while the others were laid off.

Sani further disclosed the measures are aimed at re-positioning the state’s public service as well as help local governments reduce cost of operation and execute necessary projects.

Due retirement benefits would be paid to the disengaged workers by the state government.

“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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has also revealed plans to sack over 20,000 teachers in the state for failing a competency test organized bi it.

The government revealed just about a third of teachers who sat for the test were able to score up to 75 percent.

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