From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state, at the weekend expressed his sadness over lateness to office and lackadaisical attitude work by civil servants in the state.
Gov Yuguda stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Abubakar Umar State Secretariat at about 8:00a.m last Friday, in company with the state’s Head of Civil Service, Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin, saying that he was surprised that many workers were yet to report for duty as of that time.
He lamented that civil servants who were being paid their salaries monthly were not working to justify the money they earned, declaring that this attitude was against the rules governing their conditions of the service.
“I am very, very sad that civil servants are not reporting to the office at the time they are supposed to report. Everybody is supposed to be here for eight hours and for you to justify your end of month pay, you must work for eight hours otherwise you are not justifying your salary,” Yuguda stated.
According to the governor, going by what he saw at the state secretariat, it was time for government to take drastic action with a view to stopping what he described as negative attitude on the part of the workers.
According to the governor, civil servants were the machinery through which government implemented its programmes and policies, noting that in view of that, they should make themselves available at work by 8 a.m. and remain there till the close of work.
While addressing some workers who were locked out, the governor stated that he visited the secretariat to see for himself whether they were being punctual and lamented that it was only in the Office of the Head of Civil Service that he saw many of the workers on their desks as of the time he visited.