Wednesday 6 January 2016

Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade locks out Commissioners for lateness

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade
Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, on Tuesday paid an unscheduled visit to some ministries where he ordered three commissioners to be locked out for failure to be at their duty posts as early as 8a.m.

Ministries visited by the governor included Agriculture, Water Resources, Women Affairs and Sustainable Development.

At the Ministry of Agriculture, where Ayade made his first port of call, neither the commissioner, Prof. Egrinya Eneji, nor any of his directors were available to receive him. No explanation was however, offered for the commissioner’s unavailability.

A similar visit to the Ministry of Water Resources, along Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Calabar, the governor was visibly enraged that the commissioner, Gabe Odu Orji, was not on duty as of the time of his unscheduled visit, prompting his directive that he be locked out.

Of the four ministries visited, only the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Stella Odey, was on hand to receive the governor.

The governor who expressed his disappointment at the seeming lack of dedication to duty by the various heads of the ministries, particularly commended Odey for what he described as her devotion to duty.
Voicing his displeasure at the lukewarm attitude shown by the heads of the affected ministries visited, Ayade said: “I am saddened by what I have seen this morning. It is shocking that it is already gone past 8a.m, yet commissioners cannot be found on their seats. I will not take kindly to this culture of lateness to work and I am going to do something about it. I must, however, commend you for your exceptional conduct. Please do keep it up.”
Also, at the Ministry of Sustainable Development, it was the same swansong where the governor was equally disappointed that the commissioner, Oliver Orok, had was yet to report for work.

He subsequently directed the defaulting commissioners to be summarily locked out of their offices.

Credit: ThisDay

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