Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has approved the sack of 19 political appointees in line with his administration’s ongoing downsizing of the workforce.

The governor said the 19 workers are in the first batch of those to leave the state’s public service in continuation of the government’s downsizing of the workforce.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said the affected officials include two Special Advisers, a Deputy Chief of Staff and several Special Assistants.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has thanked the departing officials for their services to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours,” the statement said.

It listed the affected workers as Bala Yunusa Mohammed (Deputy Chief of Legislative Staff, DCOSL); Halima Musa Nagogo (Special Assistant to DCOSL) and Umar Abubakar (another Special Assistant to DCOSL).