Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission has uncovered can of worms following the release of the report of its just concluded staff audit.
Though, shortly before the release of the report, there were rumours that the commission wanted to sack some of its workers numbering about fifty apparently to pave way for efficiency and quality service delivery.
But in a reaction, Chairman, Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission, Olatubosun Taiwo, described the rumour as untrue. He explained that the staff audit carried out by the commission was aimed at reorganising the legislative service commission for effective and quality service delivery in line with the scheme of service.
Taiwo, a former member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, noted that the audit which started last year on assumption of office of the present commission members discovered some irregularities ranging from hiding, alteration and mutilation of files, advancement of staff without due process.
Other irregularities discovered during the exercise according to Taiwo were appointees illegally retained in the system after expiration of tenure, arbitrary transfer of service without cognate experience, overage staff members, irregular appointments/promotion of staff without approval, cases of forgeries, arbitrary placement of officers with utter disregard to scheme of service, among others.
He noted that the outcome of the report has since been discussed with the management staff of the commission and the leadership of the state chapter of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
“The commission wishes to stress that the routine staff audit was carried out in good faith without any intention of vendetta, witch-hunt or victimization against anyone.
“It is equally important to note that the exercise will assist the commission to restructure, reposition and bridge the generational gap in the establishment,” he stated.