By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Civil servants in Oyo State undergoing the state government verification/audit and payroll validation exercise have been admonished to cooperate with the state government on the exercise as the mission is not a means to sack them.
The admonition was given by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sally Tibbot Consulting Nigeria, Mrs. Sa’adat Barkin- Ottun in a chat with Western Post in Ibadan.
According to her, the exercise was part of measures by the state government to improve the civil service sector for effective operations and not a means to sack them.
The Chief Executive Officer explained that by the exercise, the state government is trying to control the over-bloated wage bill in the civil service, adding that the development will also create security and effective system in the civil service.
According to her, “Due to the present global economic reality, it is pertinent for government to block leakages in government purse by engaging competent consultant with requisite expertise to validate government workforce and all the monthly payout constituting bulk of the allocation to the state government.
“We have been able to go far in addressing the needs of the government by stepping down staff who are due for retirement by age or year of service”.
Barkin-Ottun who described the commitment of the state government on the issue as a noble step, said it is aimed at addressing the problems associated with over blotted monthly wage bill in the state.
According to the forensic audit expert, the exercise has been greatly successful through the cooperation and buying in of all stakeholders cutting across the executives, government employees and labour unions.
Barkin-Ottun said there is a difference between headcount and forensic audit which her consulting firm is doing.
She added that the holistic forensic audit will address and regularise the documentation and the actual number of staff in civil service.
She said though, some of their supporting document may not justify the position many of them occupy.
She expressed hoped that by the end of August, the field exercise would have been completed, just as she urged civil servants to cooperate with the state government on the exercise.