The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olubunmi Adelugba, on Wednesday, paid a familiarisation visit to offices and staff working in the Assembly complex urging the staff to always give their best in the performance of their duties.
Adelugba said she undertook the visit to assess the working environment of the staff and the condition of equipment and tools they are working with and to know some of their needs for effective and quality service delivery.
She was accompanied on the visit by Deputy Speaker Hakeem Jamiu, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Lateef Akanle, the clerk, Mr Tola Esan and other members of the management team.
During the visit, the Speaker said the Assembly would liaise with the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) to facilitate free medical check-ups for all staff members and also enhance the operations of the Assembly Clinic.
According to her, a healthy workforce would contribute meaningfully to service delivery hence the need to uplift and equip the Assembly Clinic for workers to enjoy firsthand quality healthcare services.
Offices, departments and sections visited include offices of the Leader of Business, Audit, Media, Information, Finance and Accounts, Administration and Supply and Information and Communications Technology. Offices of other honourable members, as well as that of the clerk and sergeant-at-arms, were also inspected.
Others are Printing, Publications, Reception, Public Participation, Security, Women and Child Development Centre, Registry, Assembly Clinic, Protocol, Legal, Procurement, Stores Planning and Legislative Budget, among others.
The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker took time to ask questions on the work and operations of the offices and also sought clarifications on equipment and tools. The workers also used the forum to table some of their needs to enhance their performances.
On the essence of the visit, the Speaker said: “I believe there was a need to go to the offices where the staff are working to see things for myself and see the condition of the places where they are working and see the tools they are working with.
“I discovered that the complex is actually bigger than I thought, there are so many rooms that I don’t know what’s going on there, that I have not stepped into before.
“All the staff that I always see on the passage, that we just see ourselves, I don’t know where their offices are and apart from that, I have been able to know the tools some of the officers work with. I discover that we have to give them different tools, and we also discovered that we have to change our file-keeping styles.
“We met with lots of our staff and there is a need to do some rearrangement or restaffing of some offices where we believe that their staff are too many so that some staff are not idle and some people are working.
“Basically, at least, we are able to know and assess our staff and assist them. I think it’s a good one we are able to carry out this afternoon. That is the baseline where we augment and fine-tune their services.”