Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has directed all his political appointees to resign by April 30.
The directive was contained in a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, explaining that the measure was meant to enable him to constitute his team for his second term.
However some categories of appointees were exempted from the directive.
They are full-time commissioners of executive bodies who retain their tenured appointments in agencies such as the Fiscal Responsibility Commission; Civil Service Commission; Judicial Service Commission; Assembly Service Commission; State Independent Electoral Commission, Peace Commission, Public Procurement Authority as well as Water Regulatory Authority.
Others excluded from resigning, according to the statement, are the new Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Muhammad Saidu; the new Accountant-General; Principal Private Secretary; Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Relations; Managing Director, Kaduna Markets Development Company; Managing Director, Kaduna Investment and Finance Company, and “any other political appointees sworn in or appointed to their current roles within the last six months.”
Those directed to resign include, “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.”
The statement read partly, “As he commences selecting his team for his second term in office, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has directed all political appointees to submit letters of resignation by April 30, 2019.
“The governor will exercise his constitutional prerogative to decide on re-appointments while giving the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance adequate time to compute severance payments and reconcile any liabilities.
“According to the directive, 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, the statement added.