LG Staff Learn New Techniques On Payroll Management

As the two-day workshop on Salary Preparation and Payroll Accounts Management organised by the Local Government Service Commission in conjunction with Frezimas Manpower Development Services ends in Port Harcourt today, with participants charged to acquaint themselves with the techniques of salary preparation and payroll accounts management to facilitate efficient and effective local government system.

Managing Consultant of  Frezimas Manpower Development Services, Chief G. O. Thomas who made the call at the opening ceremony in Port Harcourt yesterday said in order to minimize cases of fraud, schedule officers should understand and appreciate the tasks involved as well as the work ethics required on the need to safeguard public funds.

Thomas noted that Government at all levels were committing enormous resources on the payment of workers’ salaries and wages, but lack of efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in salary preparation and payment had resulted to bloated wage bills, delay in payment, wrong salary placement, duplications, ghost workers syndrome among other forms of irregularities in salary administration.

“In most cases, inefficiency and ineffectiveness is largely attributed to lack of knowledge, skill, competence of Treasury staff, Accounts officers, staff and financial administrators in the local government area,” the consultant posited.

He opined that if salary preparation and payroll accounts management were efficient, Nigeria politics, economy, government services and everything would excel, and hoped that participants would go back to their various local government areas with new techniques, knowledge, skill and vigour.

Thomas congratulated the Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Chief AzubuikeNmerukini and the members for their efforts of training and retraining of the local government functionaries, adding that it would surely enhance the workforce to be more efficient and effective in the discharge of their statutory functions.

In his paper, titled: “Understanding the Nature of Public Sector Accounting and Management Control” Jeremiah Ugwu, a fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria outlined the objectives of public sector accounting, use of public sector accounting information, and how to manage government funds economically, efficiently and effectively in accordance with the constitution, laws, rules and regulations.

Another presenter, Chief Emmanuel Ambakaderemo who spoke on the title, “Salaries and Wages Management in Local Government” said that payroll section is the engine room of Local Government system as it is also an essential ingredient of wages and salary management, adding that payroll officers should always be mindful of the implications of indulging in all sorts of financial malpractices and therefore must handle their jobs with caution.

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