Why 21 permanent secretaries was sacked in Zamfara
The Zamfara State Government has announced the sack of 21 out of its 47 permanent secretaries for being unqualified for the position.
The 21 unqualified permanent secretaries were sacked following a report by the committee constituted for the restructuring of the state civil service submitted to Governor Matawalle on the 9th of October 2019.
The committee further stated that it is worrisome that the state which has only seventeen ministries and fourteen local government areas could be operating with 47 permanent secretaries.
Governor Matawalle in a statewide broadcast, also announced that he accepted the recommendations for the restructuring of ministries from the existing 19 to 11.
“It accepted the recommendations for the restructuring of ministries from the existing 19 to 11.
“However, after careful consideration, government has approved the following ministries:
1. Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources;
2. Ministry of Investment, Business Development, and Tourism;
3. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology;
4. Ministry of Environment, Mines, and Solid Minerals;
5. Ministry of Finance;
6. Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning;
7. Ministry of Rural Development and Cooperatives;
8. Ministry of Security and Home Affairs;
9. Ministry of Religious Affairs;
10. Ministry of Water Resources;
11. Ministry of Youths Empowerment and Skills Acquisition;
12. Ministry of Information;
13. Ministry for Local Government and Community Development;
14. Ministry of Works;
15. Ministry of Health;
16. Ministry of Justice; and
17. Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
Similarly, in addition to the existing Directorates, the Government has approved the establishment of the following new Directorates and Bureaus:
i. Directorate of Housing and Urban Development;
ii. Directorate of Lands and Survey;
iii. Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs;
iv. Directorate of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development;
v. Directorate of Labour Matters;
vi. Directorate of Intercommunity Relations;
vii. Bureau for Public Procurement;
viii. Bureau for Public Service Reform;
8. Another thorny issue addressed by the report of the Committee on Restructuring of the Civil Service is that of the number of our permanent secretaries vis a vis our scarce resources. All assessments have shown that our state has a far greater number of permanent secretaries than any of our sister states in the north-west, saying that with 47 permanent secretaries, the system has become saturated and overburdened.
‘‘The Restructuring Committee, therefore, invited all the permanent secretaries and subjected them to a written test and interview in order to assess their competence”
“Based on the outcome of the assessment, only 25 out of the 47 qualified for retention as permanent secretaries.
“The Committee also recommended the appointment of one additional person, in recognition of his worthiness, as a permanent secretary, bringing the number of the permanent secretaries recommended to 26, stressing that the white paper committee accepted the recommendations
“As for the permanent secretaries who did not qualify for retention government would consider those found eligible for appointment as career Directors General, Managing Directors, Executive Secretaries, Secretaries and other appropriate positions."
It is expected that the recommendations and guidelines on a wide range of issues relating to the civil service accepted by the government would be communicated to the public by the Secretary to the State Government and the Head of Service in due course.