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Ayade Storms Government House, Locks Out Civil Servants Over Lateness

On Wednesday morning, hundreds of civil servants were reportedly locked out of the Cross River State government house for arriving late for work.

According to reports reaching at the moment, the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, arrived at his office this morning only to discover that many of his employees had not reported for work.

According to report, Ayade directed the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to lock the entrance to the government house building in Calabar, the state capital.

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Ayade was said to have arrived at the office before 8:00 a.m. but was surprised by the number of employees who had yet to return to work for the day.


At 10:45 a.m., a hundred civil servants were stranded at the gate, pleading for help, while others were reportedly leaving the building.

According to a source who spoke with journalists at the government house this morning, when Governor Ayade arrived at the office, he lamented the absence of many civil servants.

“He immediately ordered for the resumption of time book and asked the Chief Security Officer to lock the gate against anyone coming thereafter, the source said.

Christian Ita, the governor’s media aide, confirmed the development to reporters over the phone, saying Ayade had always frowned upon indiscipline and rewarded those who were committed to their responsibilities.

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“The normal resumption time is 8:00 a.m., and if a governor can be in the office at that time, why can’t others be around? The governor has always shown reward and sanction to workers; he doesn’t hesitate to sanction when you err and also reward you when you are committed to duty,”.



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