By Jonathan Ugbal, Government House Correspondent
Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, today undertook unscheduled visits to some ministries to find out if civil servants comply with their official responsibilities.
The governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, Secretary to the State Government , Mrs. Tina Agbor, and Acting Head of Service, Mr. Ekpenyong Henshaw, arrived Ministry of Agriculture headquarters at 12.40pm.
He was shocked to discover that most senior officers were not in their offices. Upset at the development, he directed that disciplinary actions be taken against the erring staff.
Expressing disappointment with what he described as an intolerable behavior of the senior civil servants, Governor Ayade said the state was at a critical stage where all hands are needed on deck to actualize the economic agenda of his administration.
He said if government could honor its obligation to pay civil servants salaries as and when due, they were duty bound to reciprocate the gesture by coming to work early, reminding that they were always the first to cry foul when their salaries were not paid on time.
“I am not happy with what I am seeing because it is against civil service orientation and I will not accept it because they are expected to be in office between 8am and 4pm,” he stated.
Ayade noted that as directors, they were expected to be exemplary as they were those to take over from Permanent Secretaries that were retired recently, adding that from what he saw, it seemed they were not prepared for the task ahead.
At the Ministry of Health, the governor berated the Director of Administration following his discovery that there was no documentation of movement of staff as indicated in the time book and movement register.
He directed the Director of Administration to ensure that the proper things were done.
The governor who was angry with what he saw at the Civil Service Commission, said: “This place is worse than others and they should be taught a lesson and the Permanent Secretary replaced for failure to show good leadership.”
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