Over hundreds of civil servants were reportedly locked out of the Cross River State government house on Wednesday morning for reporting to work behind schedule.
Reports reaching Naija News at the moment confirmed that the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, arrived at his office this morning only to find out that many of the staff have not reported for work.
Acting on the development, Vanguard Newspaper said Ayade ordered the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to lock the entrance to the government house building situated in Calabar, the state capital.
It was gathered that Ayade had arrived at the office before 8: 00 am but was shocked with the number of staff yet to resume duty for the day.
As of 10:45 am, a hundred of the civil servants were stranded at the gate pleading while some were reportedly leaving the building.
A source who spoke with journalists at the government house said when Governor Ayade arrived at the office this morning, 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.
Confirming the development to newsmen on the telephone, the governor’s media aide, Christian Ita, said Ayade had always frowned upon indiscipline and rewarded those committed to their responsibilities.
“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,” Vanguard quoted Ita as saying.