𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐋𝐞𝐧𝐤𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠–𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞. 𝐇𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐮𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐝𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
Lots of county government employees are sitting on the edge following Governor Joseph Ole Lenku’s move to initiate a Human Resource Management Audit.
The exercise, which kicked off on Wednesday, will examine the positions of all county staff. Principally, the audit will weed out any ghost employees, while ensuring all staff perform tasks that are aligned with their skill sets.
There has been rising concern regarding the tendency of employees to make every effort to join the finance department even without the requisite qualifications, leading to a bloated workforce handling revenue collection. It is suspected that the primary motivation for this trend is the opportunity for corrupt earnings – which are not easily available in other nondescript departments.
The human resource audit will therefore be expected to identify all such problems that affect the county human resource functions and its performance.
In other counties, similar audits seeking to verify the number of employed have led to the unearthing of ghost employees who earn a salary despite doing absolutely nothing. In some cases, the number of drivers have far exceeded the available vehicles, while dead employees have continued to draw salaries.
It is noteworthy that the governor led in the exercise by submitting all required documentation and thus becoming the first county employee to be audited. It is to be hoped that in the same spirit, Lenku will readily implement the audit report that will come out of the exercise, even if this will not be flattering of his administration.
Whenever such exercises are launched by government institutions, it is at the implementation stage that the rubber meets the road. Indeed, government offices are full of reports that were commissioned with fanfare but are left to gather dust owing to the lack of the political will when it comes to implementation.
This time, it is hoped that Lenku will implement long-lasting positive changes owing to the fact that this is his last term in office. He does not need to please anyone for the purpose of winning votes at any future gubernatorial election, putting him in an excellent position to clean up every mess in the county administration.
The staff audit is being conducted by the Institute of Human Resources Management (IHRM) through its consulting outfit, the Human Resource Management Consultancy and Enterprise Services. IHRM is a statutory professional body established under the Human Resource Management Professionals Act.
The exercise by the team of 60 consultants is expected to contribute to the overall efficiency of county staff and help improve service delivery. If successful, the audit will solidify Lenku’s legacy as a governor who meant well for his people. With a more focused workforce, he can spend the remaining four years of his second term to implement projects in healthcare, education, and infrastructure development. Above all, the residents expect courteous, respectful service delivery from his administration.