Ayade Assumes Office, Locks Out Worker

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Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, commenced work on Monday by locking out workers who reported late for work in Government House, Calabar.
Ayade had arrived for the day’s job, the first since he was sworn in on Friday, before 8a.m. and immediately directed that workers that arrived late should be locked out.
The governor’s action is viewed as a bold attempt at restoring dignity and sanity in the civil service as well as make workers in the state to be result-oriented.
The State’s Head of Service (HOS), Mary-Theresa Ikwen , who was on hand to enforce the governor’s order, promptly moved  to the main entrance gate and ordered that it be locked immediately after 8.30a.m.
While the HOS enforced the order, Ayade was attending to members of the press crew who were already in the premises to capture his arrival.
After a brief session with the journalists, Ayade moved to the gate where he addressed the late-comers who were standing outside.
Ayade told them that his action was to serve as deterrent to others.
The governor warned that all heads of MDAs must live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that civil servants serve in line with prescribed rules to deliver on the desired gains to the populace.
“If heads of MDAs could report to work as early as 8a.m., I see no reason why the subordinates should not be in their respective offices on or before that time.
“For those who are late today, we will pardon them but from tomorrow (Tuesday), all late-comers will be locked outside and sanctioned accordingly, ” he said.
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