The Kogi State Government has entered into a partnership with Skye Bank Plc in the area of biometric data capture and electronic payroll system for all civil servants in the state as part of efforts to promote efficiency and prevent fraud in its salary administration.
A statement by the bank quoted the state Governor, Captain Idris Wada, who inaugurated the scheme in Lokoja, as saying the data capturing exercise had become necessary in view of the alarming increase in wage bill of the state following the implementation of the minimum wage.
Wada clarified that the exercise was not aimed at retrenching civil servants but targeted at ensuring that staff remuneration was centrally co-ordinated for efficiency in salary payment.
He said his government was keen in putting in place an efficient payroll system that would eliminate inefficiency, loopholes for fraud and abuse through which the state was losing money.
According to the statement, Wada noted that the choice of Skye Bank as a partner in making the idea a reality was borne out of the bank’s experience and track record of developing effective payroll systems for states and local governments.
“Government is committed to bringing on board a platform for improved integrity in the payment of salaries. It is our duty and responsibility as government to know the actual number of staff working in the state,” he said, and directed the civil servants to make themselves available for the exercise in their own interest.
The governor expressed the hope that the new electronic payroll system would bring benefits to both the state and the civil servants through a timely salary administration and the elimination of errors and abuse inherent in the old system.