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Nigerian govt to begin worker’s productivity audit from Interior Ministry



The federal government will commence the planned worker’s productivity audit from the Ministry of Interior.

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday when he spoke at the fifth National Productivity Summit.

He said there is a need to improve the low productivity level in the country, especially within the civil service.

The federal government had announced that the formulation of an innovative wage system that would be based on employee productivity in the civil service was underway.

The minister charged Dr Nasir Raji-Mustapha, the Director General of the National Productivity Centre to deploy his staff to commence the productivity audit and gap analysis as soon as possible for workers in the agencies under his watch.

The minister blasted the centre for not doing enough regarding its mandate and constitutional duties, alleging that the organisation was yet to attain 10 percent of its potential to make business operations and workforce productive.

Tunji-Ojo stressed the importance of technology in boosting productivity, asking how his ministry was able to clear 204,000 international passports backlog using automated processes when he came on board in 2023.

He explained, “We brought in what I call the hybrid approach. What is the hybrid approach? For you to be efficient, for you to be productive, you have to use a combination of technology and human factors.”

He observed that developing the human factor and neglecting technology would keep one moving around the vicious circle, saying that bringing in technology without a motivated workforce, technology will not work.

According to him, motivating the workforce and bringing in innovation and technology needed to automate the process will give a higher yield and a higher return on investment.

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