El-Rufai directs political appointees to resign by end of April

Ahead of his second term, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has directed his political appointees, heads of parastatals and agencies, commissioners, special advisers and assistants, permanent secretaries to resign their appointment latest April 30, 2019.

The newly appointed finance commissioner and accountant general and others appointed within the last six months are however exempted according to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan on Tuesday.

According to the statement, “As he commences, selecting the team for his second term in office, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has directed all political appointees to submit letters of resignation by 30th April 2019. The governor will exercise his constitutional prerogative to decide on reappointments while giving the Kaduna state ministry of finance adequate time to compute severance payments and reconcile any liabilities. “Each notice of resignation must be submitted along with a handover note, signed by the political appointee on behalf of the MDA or office to which he or she had been appointed.

All resignation letters should be properly addressed to the Principal Private Secretary. Malam Nasir el-Rufai has thanked all political appointees for their contributions and service to the state during his first term. 

“As he constitutes the team that will assist him in his second term, the Governor said he expects the process to be enriched by the handover notes from the political appointees, and the report of the Transition Committee headed by the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe. “The government notice specified that the following appointees are expected to comply with the directive: all commissioners in the State Executive Council, all permanent secretaries, special advisers, directors-general, executive secretaries, managing directors, general managers and other heads of agencies, senior special assistants, special assistants and technical assistants to the governor, other than the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows.” “Those excluded from compliance with the directive include full-time commissioners offiscal responsibility commission, civil service commission, judicial service commission, assembly service commission, the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM), the peace commission, public procurement authority, water regulatory authority. “Due to recent adjustments in roles within the government, the occupants of and recent appointees into the following offices are also exempted from the directive: commissioner of finance, principal Private Secretary, accountant general, special adviser, intergovernmental relations, managing Director, Kaduna Markets Development Company, managing director, Kaduna Investment and Finance Company, and any other political appointee sworn in or appointed to their current role within the last six months.” 

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