The phrase “Punctuality is the soul of business” best described the decision of Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Tuesday when he suspended two top government officials indefinitely for reporting late to work.
Those suspended are the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile.
The Governor announced their suspension during an unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics in Cross River, a state in southern Nigeria.
He told reporters at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, the capital of the state, that it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty post before 9.00am.
Governor Ayade stressed that the suspension would serve as a deterrent to other government employees.
In another development, he also supervised a roll call of staff who signed the time book as of the time of his visit, to check truancy in the MDAs
The Governor subsequently directed that all erring staff be disciplined in line with the civil service rules.