By Kemi Olatunde
The Ondo State Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele, has described inaccurate data gathering as the bane of smooth personnel and payroll management in the public sector.
Ogundele spoke while addressing participants at a one-day workshop on homegrown Human Resource/Payroll and Audit Management software, organized for Personnel Officers in the state public service held in Akure.
The Head of Service, who stressed the need for the officers to brace up in the discharge of their duties for them to remain relevant in the service, charged management of MDAs to give necessary support that would enhance accurate data gathering.
He noted that the workshop was timely, expressing optimism that it would address challenges associated with personnel and payroll shortcomings.
His words, “the idea of this homegrown software called the Human Resource/Payroll and Audit Management software for the Ondo State Public Service was conceived in year 2020 to assist the Bureaucracy transmit from its manual system to a digitized and more efficient system.
“The manual system was marred with payroll manipulation, duplication of records and roles, weak performance evaluation and lack of effective control mechanisms.
“Ordinarily, a civil/public servant’s record in the service is supposed to be linked with his/her salary, which will give an accurate data and amount at every point in time, but this was not so, which made the conception of the ONDOHRM software a great one,” he further explained.
Also in his remarks at the event, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Forestry, who was the pioneer Permanent Secretary of State Public Service Reform Department, Mr Gbenga Akingbasote, said though the software had been developed, it must be fully utilized for it to achieve its purpose.
He lauded the team of developers who are serving civil servants in the state for the initiative, saying it would go a long way in removing unnecessary discrepancies between personnel and salary issues.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Administrative Secretary of the state Public Service Reform Department, Mr Adewale Omomowo, urged participants to avail themselves the opportunity of the workshop to address the problem of inconsistencies in the formerly used manual system.