Lateness they say connotes how not serious one is about business or what the case may be. Few weeks ago, we had the news of Ekiti state governor “Ayo Fayose” flying around when he punished workers for coming late to work.
On one side of the story, one would say they will not dare to do that to high placed government official but reverse is the case as we have a contrary scenario today in Ebonyi state.
The Ebonyi state governor “David Umahi” represented well the era of change when he announced that the October salaries of his commissioners, deputy chief of staff, special advisers and council chairmen should be placed on hold for coming late to state functions at the occasion of a school debate organised as part of activities marking the country’s 55th independence celebration and 19th anniversary of the creation of the state..
On getting to the venue for the event which was to commence at exactly 11am, the Governor met empty seats and angrily instructed the Head of Service, Mr. Chamberlin Nwele, to take the record of the government official present at the function and announce immediately the suspension of salaries of those absent.
Government officials that are affected by the suspension are the 13 caretaker committee chairmen, the 64 Development Center Coordinators, the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Clement Nweke.
In addition to the list of those affected are, Commissioner for Environment, Moses Ali; Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation, Sabinus Nwankwegu; and Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Charles Akpuenika, among others.