Determined to cut the cost of governance, Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has reduced the number of commissioners to only 13, against the 24 that were appointed by successive administrations in the state. El-Rufai has also placed strict limits on the number of aides that the 13 commissioners could recruit to support the discharge of their duties.
This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, saying, “accordingly, the Kaduna State government has announced the restructuring of its ministries from 19 to 13.
This is intended to cut costs, spur efficiency and improve service delivery. “The machinery of government will now be driven by the following ministries: Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
“Others include Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport “The realignment of mandates has also resulted in the emergence of two new departments. The erstwhile Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning is being moved to the Governor’s Office as a department. Similarly, the former Ministry of Rural and Community Development becomes a department in the Deputy Governor’s Office.
“Also affected by the restructuring is the Ministry of Information whose functions have now being decentralized. Each ministry will henceforth have its own public relations unit attached to the office of its chief executive”.