Cross River State Governor Locks Out Latecomers On His First Official Day In Office

Published 4 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
at 06:05 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)

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There was mild drama at the Government House in Calabar on Monday as the new governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, on his first official day in office locked out civil servants that had yet to resume for work at 8.10am.

The governor, who resumed work at about 7.45am met an almost empty complex and directed the Head of Service, Mrs. Mary-Theresa Ikwen, to shut the gate to the Government House.

He also directed that henceforth, the gates to all Ministries, Department and Agencies, should be shut
by 8.10am daily in order to curb lateness.

Two civil servants declined to comment on the development, but a third one who craved anonymity, said workers would have to change their attitude. PUNCH reports that he said:
“We would start resuming very early in order not to incur the governor’s wrath.”
However, the governor, who ordered that the gate be reopened at about 8.40am, warned all heads of MDAs to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that civil servants served in line with the prescribed civil service rules.

Ayade said:
 “If heads of MDAs could report to work as early as 8am, I see no reason why their 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, all latecomers will be locked outside and sanctioned accordingly.”

He maintained that as a successful businessman, he would not fold his arms and watch civil servants who are supposed to serve the people relegate their work to the background.
“I am a change agent, in my younger years, I used to be addressed as a system purifier and I am here to do just that, focus exactly on production, expand the horizon and economic benefits and potential of my people.

It is only private organisation that runs for profit but government’s profit is the social safety net, the welfare and well-being of our people. My profit therefore is the number of people I employ, my service to my people is the number of people I have engaged, so coming down to narrow the number of appointment will mean, I have already started with disservice.”

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frank1234 at 06:17 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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Action governor keep it up I like that.Nigeria and Nigerians must change.changing time blessing time
dleg at 08:14 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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This is very good act by the governor. Most Nigerian complained and criticised too much but do NOTHING to contribute
beneno at 08:31 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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asobcom at 09:03 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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Mr. Able Governor make u take am softly and little little changes dey occur so but here na time for everything, nice move sha.
Protocol_4all at 09:39 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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In my opinion there is something wrong about this guy’s profile. According to his official page on NASS website (, he was born on 3rd of Feb 1969. Then he enrolled for B.SC in 1984 and graduated in 1988. That is to say, he was 15 years when he was admitted into the university and graduated at the age of 19. In addition, he got his M.SC in 1989 at 20 years and his PHD in 1994 at the age of 25. Although it is possible, however considering his date of birth, family background (his farmer was a peasant farmer) it is not possible for him to speed up his education at that pace and in that period. YES he may be a genius but his acclaimed age is a RED-FLAG
echeeche at 10:11 AM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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Hope it works
PoliticxGuru at 05:00 PM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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we dey watch
SOGaiya at 07:49 PM, 2/06/2015 (4 years ago)
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okay supported


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