The Oyo State Government has disclosed its readiness to sanction schedule officers in charge of preparation of establishment estimates in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), whose lack of proficiency impedes the promotion of staff in the state’s civil service.
The Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Alhaji Siju Lawal, disclosed this, on Thursday, while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of a 2-day sensitization programme on the preparation of error-free 2022 establishment estimates for desk officers in charge of establishment estimates in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, held at the Simeon Adebo Staff Development Center, State Secretariat, Ibadan.
Lawal said the programme is the second of its kind in the history of the state, recalling that he had informed the schedule officers at the maiden edition of the programme in 2021 that the programme would be conducted yearly.
He stated: “We saw some changes in the returns on establishments estimates submitted by MDAs following the conduct of the 2021 sensitisation programme. As you all know, the largest room in the world is the room of improvement.”
“We strongly believe that there would be considerable top in the 2022 establishments estimates that would be prepared and submitted by MDAs after this year’s Sensitisation Programme,” the commissioner affirmed.
He noted that the training was geared towards sharpening the skills of the participants as part of efforts by the present administration in the state to swiftly depart from the old order of personnel budget to a more realistic approach, in line with the ideals of new public management and asked for all hands to be on deck towards ensuring the preparation and publication of error-free establishment estimates.
While saying that the programme was an innovation aimed at complete departure from the order of copy and paste personnel budget, to a more realistic one in tandem with the ideals of new public management, Lawal admonished participants to accommodate the dynamism in public administration and other complementary technological innovations brought about by Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment and Training, Mr B.A Adeyanju, expressed optimism that the skills acquired would further enhance the performance of schedule officers in charge of establishment estimates in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
He, therefore, charged participants to pay rapt attention and contribute meaningfully in the course of the training.
Source: Voice of Nigeria