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Staff audit: Osun governor calls for review as workers stage walkout

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Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has ordered the immediate review of the ongoing staff audit across the state public service.

This is even as Governor Adeleke restated the commitment of his administration to the enhancement and protection of workers’ interest.

This action is coming after the state civil servants on Thursday left the venue of the staff audit.

The civil servants had complained of the treatment meted out on them by the consultants engaged by the Adeleke administration to carry out the audit exercise.

Meanwhile, in an address to a joint meeting of labour leaders and the auditing firm on Thursday afternoon, Governor Adeleke directed the joint committee working on the exercise to address all sticky areas and come up with acceptable modalities for a hitch-free exercise.

While expressing displeasure at the inconvenience the exercise has caused public servants, Adeleke instructed the Head of Service to ensure adjustment of the procedures to ensure the well-being and comfort of the workers.

The Governor also mandated the joint committee to formulate a new timetable that will take into account the diversity and peculiarities of the ministries and agencies and to brainstorm on decentralising the exercise.

“I have read a lot of comments and complaints from the public service. I have also listened to you all at this meeting. We must adjust the procedures to have a mutually acceptable exercise. We should all remember the purpose of this audit exercise which is to block leakages to expand staff welfare.

“To that extent, the joint committee should meet urgently to decide on two items. First, a new acceptable timetable should be created that will take into account the diversity and peculiarities of each government agency or ministry.

“Secondly, the committee should also brainstorm on decentralisation of the exercise on zonal basis to reduce the burden and logistics of movements to the capital city,” the governor directed.

Governor Adeleke urged all stakeholders to join hands to ensure a hitch-free completion of the programme.

He also noted that his government partnership and brotherhood with the labour movement preclude any anti-labour move from his table.

“Let all stakeholders go back to the drawing board and make necessary adjustments. This is a government in love with labour, workers, artisans, women, youth and others.

“We will never act against the best interest of the public servants,” Adeleke affirmed.

Staff audit: Osun governor calls for review as workers stage walkout

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