Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the retirement of 20 Permanent Secretaries from the state civil service and 13 new ones.
A statement issued by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor on Wednesday in Kaduna, and obtained by the Street Journal, said the action was in line with the governor’s resolve to cut the cost of running government in the state.
To this end, it said that five departments would now be headed by permanent secretaries, bringing the number of Permanent Secretaries in the state to 18.
The departments include Public Service Office; the Bureau of Establishments; Political and Economic Affairs; Cabinet and Security Services and General Services.
It explained that the action was part of efforts to free up resources to be used for providing schools, hospitals, roads and other public goods.
“The government, which at inception had declared its determination to cut costs, drive efficiency and improve service delivery, is continuing the restructuring of its agencies.
“This is to ensure that the number of permanent secretaries is properly aligned with the new structure; there will be only 13 Permanent Secretaries for the 13 ministries,“ the statement said.
It added that el-Rufai had since conveyed his appreciation to the departing Permanent Secretaries for the services they had rendered the state.
It would be recalled that the el-Rufa’i administration had since assumption of power streamlined ministries in the state from 19 to 13.