Governor El-Rufai sacks 23 education secretaries, GM

Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has on Tuesday, sacked education secretaries in the 23 local government areas of the state.

El-Rufai explained that there was a need to adjust personnel cost, and deepen reforms in the education sector in the state.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, entitled, ‘KDSG removes GM, LG education secretaries,’ said the General Manager of Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has also been removed.

According to the statement, Mrs. Saude Amina Atoyebi has been appointed as the acting General Manager of CSDA, adding that “she will combine this responsibility with her role as head of the State Social Investment Office until a new GM is recruited through a competitive, advertised process.”

“The most senior official in the Education Department of each LGA will act as Education Secretary until substantive appointments are announced,” the statement further said.

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The statement further added that Saude joined the government in 2015 and has served as Senior Special Assistant (Administration) to Governor El-Rufai, adding that she “was appointed in 2019 as State Focal Person on Social Investment.”‌

It added, “Saude began working for Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in 2012 as a researcher for his acclaimed budget series. She served as secretary of the Finance sub-committee of the 2015 Kaduna State Transition Committee before her appointment as the governor’s Personal Secretary and Senior Special Assistant, Administration.

“In these roles, she has provided support for the running of the Governor’s Office and has sometimes covered the duties of the Principal Private Secretary.

“Saude graduated in Economics from ABU Zaria, close to her Wusasa roots, before taking a master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from Coventry University, United Kingdom.

“She has attended the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Programme on Adaptive Leadership and the Agha Khan University’s Voice of Leadership programme,” the statement said

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