Erudite Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has said his administration has stopped the practice of governance as baza’ar in the state. The governor disclosed this, Monday, in a statewide broadcast to the people of Kaduna state at the occasion of the second Anniversary of APC government in the state.
He said “We changed governance by announcing from day one that we will do things differently; that we will put the people first and deliver to them the public services they need and deserve.
“We pledged to do this by battling waste and fraud, by reducing the cost of running government and by growing Internally-Generated Revenue to free the state from untoward dependence on federal allocation. We got the government out of funding pilgrimage and stopped the practice of governance as baza’ar,” he said.
El-Rufai said his administration has delivered in all these areas and cut down costs by restructuring the state ministries from 19 to 14. “We have delivered on each of these. To cut costs, we restructured our ministries. We now have 14, but we inherited 19. We now have 15 commissioners, whereas our predecessor had 24 commissioners.
“We have been unrelenting in undertaking verification of public service personnel. This has earned us opprobrium in some quarters, but we cannot compromise the necessity to ensure that we have a public service payroll that is reliable.
“We struck off ghost pensioners, saving the state N1.2bn every year. And we have commenced implementation of the ContriKaduna zandiding transformers for rural and urban communities, while we are bringing the potentials of solar electricity to power some of our health centres and schools,” he said.