The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has reiterated that the staff audit exercise across the state public service is not a witch-hunt.
Adeleke made this disclosure through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed at the flagging off of the exercise on Saturday in Osogbo, assuring the state personnel that the audit will reinforce the capacity of the state government to meet up with the needs of the workers, the members of the public and the state leadership.
The exercise, according to him, is meant as a plan to fill up existing vacancies within the education, health and other sub-sectors in the state.
Governor Adeleke said, “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.
“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.
“I assure the public that we are aware of the existing vacancies in our schools and health facilities.”
The audit report Adeleke maintained will provide a strong foundation for the recruitment of new teachers and health workers which his administration will embark upon after the ongoing exercise.
It was gathered that the labour force in Osun State initially kicked against the exercise on the ground that the state government did not consult and carry it along.
Also, the governor had, through an Executive Order upon assumption of office in November 2022 suspended the newly recruited health workers and teachers employed by Adegboyega Oyetola in the twilight of his administration.
He later set up a committee to review the recruitment procedures to present a white paper on it.