More than 4,000 workers have been sacked by the Kaduna State Government, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jafaru Sani, has disclosed.
Sani who made this known on Tuesday said the affected workers were from the state’s local service commission.
He said that while 3,000 of the affected workers were retired, the others were laid off.
He explained that the action was necessary to renew public service in the state and also cut down overhead cost.
He however said that the affected workers would be paid their retirement benefits and other entitlements.
Said he: “It is a known fact that the local government areas were overburdened by redundant and unproductive staff who are contributing nothing to the development of the councils.
“Because of the over-bloated staff, the LGAs are doing nothing other than paying salaries and end up becoming more or less a poverty alleviation centre, where people just go to collect money and go home.
“To ensure development at the local levels therefore, we have to do what is right by downsizing the redundant staff to free some funds that would be injected in developmental projects.
“With the disengagement, the supporting members of staff at the 23 local government areas are now 6,732, excluding primary school teachers and primary health care workers.”
It would be recalled that the state government has threatened to sack no fewer than 1,780 teachers for failing a test by the government to ascertain their competence.
The development has since brought about a confrontation between the state government and the organized labour which warned against the sack.