Drama as Cross River governor, Ben Ayade locks out workers over lateness

Cross Rivers governor, Ben Ayade has reportedly locked out civil servants attached to the government house in Calabar for arriving late to the office.

According to reports, Ayade on arriving at the office, immediately ordered the opening of a register and asked the chief security officer to lock the gate against any late-coming worker thereafter.

Those locked out include all levels of workers, including top-ranking officers of the state civil service as well as political appointees.

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Speaking on the issue, the Head of Service, Dominic Akwaji, said the workers were locked out because of lateness.

According to him, “the team arrived at the governor’s office yesterday and took note of workers that were not on duty.

“Today, the team came back and some workers still came late to work despite the presence of his team yesterday and hence the decision to shut them out.”

He added that administrative measures will be taken against the affected workers.

Also speaking on the development, Christian Ita, the governor’s spokesperson, said Ayade had always expressed his displeasure for lateness, adding that he had rewarded those who are committed to their duties.

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He said if the governor can show up at the office as early as 8 am, the workers in the government house should not have an excuse for coming late.

“The normal resumption time is 8am, and if a governor can be in office at that time, why can’t others be around?,” he said.

“The governor has always shown reward and sanction to workers; he doesn’t hesitate to sanction when you err and also reward you when you are committed to duty.

According to NAN, the development has left several workers, who were locked out, hanging around the entrance gate of the government house.

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