The Head of Service in Ekiti, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, on Friday said the deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) into public service administration would help to curb payroll and personnel fraud.

Faseluka spoke in Ilawe-Ekiti while on an assessment visit to the venue of seven-day training for Directors and Auditors in the 16 Local Governments in the state.

He said the importance of ICT could not be overemphasised, especially with the government’s vision for its personnel and payroll management.

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According to him, the state government’s plan is for the workforce to handle its payroll and personnel information rather than having it handled by private consultants.

He said that the ICT training was focussing on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, since the payroll and nominal roll could not be divorced from each other.

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Faseluka said a critical area of the public service reform was the deployment of ICT, which would improve service delivery and make workers more efficient.

The Head of Local Government Administration and Establishment in the Local Government Service Commission, Mr Olumide Olomu, a participant in the training, commended the state government for the exercise.

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He commended the government for providing laptop computers for trainees at no cost.

Olomu said that the gesture would help actualise the vision of the state government to embark on e-administration.

Also speaking, the Director of Finance, Ekiti-West Local Government, Mr Bola Babalola, thanked the government for its commitment to repositioning the public service for better service delivery.