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Kaduna recruits ‘10,000’ workers amid civil service rightsizing exercise

Author:
Jemilat Nasiru

The Kaduna government says it has recruited 10,000 new workers into the state’s civil service amid its rightsizing drive.

Muyiwa Adekeye, the special adviser on media and communication to Nasir el-Rufai, the state governor, announced the development in a statement on Monday.

Adekeye said the candidates will be selected from those who partook in the suspended recruitment exercise.

He added that despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, the government has permitted its agencies offering the most essential services to “refresh their teams with new staff” even with the ongoing rightsizing exercise.

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“Several agencies of the Kaduna State Government have since 2020 conducted various recruitment exercises for 10,000 staff. These include officers in the health, education and regulatory sectors,’’ the statement reads.

“Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital employed 283 new doctors, nurses and other essential staff in November 2020. This has allowed the teaching hospital to grow its roster of doctors to 191, from only 32 in 2015.

“With the 215 doctors in the Ministry of Health, Kaduna state now has 406 doctors working in its public service.

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“The Ministry of Health has also recruited 1,064 persons, including 196 technical staff and 871 non-technical staff while 1,225 new staff have been injected into the Primary Health Care system,’’ he added.

“Kaduna State University (KASU) has also employed 159 academic staff since 2020.

“The College of Education, Gidan-Waya, has submitted a report on their recent recruitment process and is awaiting approval for the resumption of 388 new staff, including lecturers and other categories of personnel.”

El-Rufai had in May disengaged 19 of his political appointees in an effort to “rightsize” the state’s public service.

The governor has been at loggerheads with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the state’s government resolve to disengage 4,000 workers across the 23 LGAs.

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