The current system of centralized payment of workers’ salaries in Ekiti State, will soon be abolished, Governor Ayodele Fayose has said.
He stated this on Sunday in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital by Mr. Idowu Adelusi, his Chief Press Secretary.
According to the statement, the new order will eliminate fraud but accelerate disbursement of salaries to workers as and when approved.
It stated that the local governments would now pay their workers directly when the new arrangement comes into effect.
However, the statement directed the accounting officers in the various state ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to scrutinize financial documents thoroughly, before appending their signatures.
Mr. Fayose warned that his government would hold the relevant officers responsible for any anomalies detected in any signed document just as he expressed dismay in some officers in charge of generating the nominal and pay rolls in the state of encouraging sharp practices.
The governor said that it was not uncommon to find names of retirees or deceased workers still appearing on the nominal roll.
“We are no longer going to tolerate buck passing where someone will claim he is not the one that generates the nominal roll and so does not properly go through it before preparing the pay roll.
“Henceforth too, the nominal and pay rolls must be properly scrutinized by the internal auditors before being signed.
“The system has adequate checks and balances already in place and if not for collusion by concerned public servants, no sharp practices can take place”, he said.