BENINâ€”Edo State government yesterday said there was need to educate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over its verification and biometrics exercise, which the party had criticised.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Mr. John Mayaki, wondered why the PDP was condemning every move made by the government to change the state for good, noting that the party had earlier criticisedÂ on-going demolition of illegal structures in the state.
According to the statement, â€œgovernment decided to carry out biometrics in order to ascertain the accurate number of workers in governmentâ€™s employment and also eliminate major hiccups in paying workers’ salary.
â€œAll over the world, the challenges of managing an efficient and service-oriented bureaucracy is a major hurdle government and social scientists in and outside the academia have been attempting to unravel over the years.
â€œThe idea of a bureaucracy in the modern world is akin to sluggishness, inefficiency, lack of data, inaccessibility to basic information, unskilled workforce, and general mal-administration in the system.
â€œThe process is all about staff audit, verification and biometric enrolment of employees and precision of automated payroll and pension system aimed at promoting efficiency and result-oriented civil service in the state and not to subject pensioners to any barbaric and derogatory treatment.
â€œThe verification exercise requires every worker that draws his or her remuneration from government coffers to physically present him or herself for finger-printing exercise after specific electronic identity card is produced and it is peculiar to the workers.
â€œThe card, in addition to the picture, contains major data of the person and it will aid in the payment of salaries, taxation, utility bill payment, and every other activities the staff will be involved in.
â€œIt is also in line with the objective of the Adams Oshiomholeâ€™s government in making Edo Stateâ€™s bureaucracy one of the best in Nigeria in terms of remuneration, skills, service delivery, and manpower development via training and re-training.
â€œIt is important to keep updating and appraising, on a regular basis, the true position of government workforce, establish needs assessment of the service, ensure people are promoted as and at when due, ensure placement procedures are adequately followed and most importantly recruit qualified people into vacant positionsâ€.