Osun State government commenced its much anticipated staff audit on Saturday.
Governor Ademola Adeleke flagged off the staff audit across the state public service with his biometric capture, that of the Deputy Governor and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
A statement by the spokesperson to the governor, Olawale Rasheed, obtained by EduCeleb.com in Osogbo, said the data capturing was preceded by a close door meeting with the state labour leadership where processes and procedures were firmed up to ensure protection and fulfillment of the interest of all stakeholders.
Reasons for the Osun staff audit
The governor explained why his government chose to embark on the exercise.
This is as he assured the state workforce that it was not a witch-hunt.
According to him, the audit would strengthen the capacity of the state government to satisfy the needs of the workers, the members of the public and the state leadership.
The statement read, “I want to assure workers and other stakeholders that the staff audit is not a witch-hunt. Our administration has workers’ welfare as number one on our governance agenda. So we will not take any action that will negatively affect formal and informal workers.
“The audit is to achieve several goals namely cleaning up the payroll system, validating the actual number of state workforce, and establishing areas of vacancies across various sectors of the public service. We need to authenticate the data of our workforce.
How it affects teachers
Teachers constitute a chunk of the Osun State workforce.
Beyond documenting them, this move would help determine and fill up existing vacancies within the education sub-sector in the state. That would also strengthen the health sector.
“We also need to confirm existing vacancies within the public service. I have earlier issued a directive for the collation of vacancies for teachers and health workers. The compilation is almost completed. The outcome will then provide what we call data-driven management of our public service.
“We are ascertaining the number of teachers we need in our schools. Our team is checking out the number of science, English, mathematics, social science and other teachers as well as which schools need what type of teachers.”
It is not immediately clear if the teachers employed in the twighlight of the Gboyega Oyetola administration still stand a chance of being reinstated after the exercise.