By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
No less than 31 civil servants, cutting across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Ekiti State were on Monday caught for late coming by the State Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, stated the action was part of unscheduled visits the governor would be embarking upon to re-awaken the attitude of proper resumption in the office by public/civil servants.
Fayose, who got to the State Secretariat along New Iyin Road, Ado-Ekiti, by 8 am ordered that the main gate be locked.
He expressed displeasure at the attitude of late-coming, noting such acts of indiscipline must be curtailed.
He directed that names of the affected workers be compiled and that stiff penalty be meted on those flouting known regulations regarding normal resumption time of 8 am.
Fayose’s words: “If a labourer is worth his wages, the employer also is worth his services. I have warned workers in the state repeatedly about coming late to work or taking their jobs with levity. Despite the paucity of funds, we have been regularly paying workers’ salaries.
“If workers are paid regularly, the workers too must justify our efforts and work for the money they earn. There are many people out there searching for jobs. I want to take the workers by surprise and I will visit a lot of places. This will be a continuous exercise.
“Those that are not disciplined and not ready to key in to our policy of taking the state to greater height will be shown the way out”.
The Head of Service (HOS), Dr Gbenga Faseluka, noted that since punctuality was the soul of business, workers must take discharging their duties and coming to work on time with seriousness.
He said: “It is a consummation of what we have been doing concerning punctuality on the part of workers. For the past few weeks, we have been emphasising this. It is time to enforce discipline and we have to mete out sanctions to erring workers.
“When you issue circular, pleas and some people are recalcitrant you have to sanction them”.