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Ekiti warns workers against truancy




The Ekiti State Government has warned workers in the State public service against truancy and late coming, saying that it is ready to enforce
the ethics of the State public service and its rules of engagement.

The State Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka expressed the
stance of government in Ado Ekiti yesterday after a team from
the Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD) and Office of
Establishment and Trainings had monitored workers’ compliance to the
8am resumption time.

Faseluka who recalled that he had visited some of the
Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) between January and July
to sensitize workers on the need to be punctual at work, said the
Monday monitoring exercise was a follow-up to the earlier warning to workers to
shun truancy and lateness.

He stressed that the exercise was aimed at restoring the
ethics of the civil service especially in the area of effective
service delivery to the people.

“The civil service is not an amorphous organization; it is an
institution with structures, rules and regulations, practices and
procedures. The civil service rule puts resumption time at 8am and
closing time at 4pm. Our vision is to have a public service that is
erected on selfless service selflessly. We are taking this vision to
the door mouth of service delivery including the schools and health

“A citizen of this state who falls ill at midnight should be able to
access healthcare by that midnight. Because of this, we want to ensure that
officers are available at their posts 24/7. Our children who are in
school must get to school before 8am and by 8, they must be taught.

“You and I know that there was a time in public schools that morning
routines and devotions were done between 7:30 and 8.00 and by 8am, the
teacher walks into the classroom. This time around, we are bringing
those things back”, Faseluka said.

The Head of Service who stressed that the exercise is a business
re-engineering process, which has commenced with the field enforcement
of punctuality, promised that members of the public will be provided
with prompt and qualitative service.

The State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Taye Otitoju who had
resumed work before 8am expressed worry at the lackadaisical attitude
of some workers, saying that as the engine room of government, workers
should be diligent and alive to their duties.
He urged government to continue the monitoring till the laxity in the
service is checked.

A Director from the Office of Transformation and Service Delivery, Mrs
Bukola Faluyi who was part of the monitoring team said the exercise
was a call to workers to justify government’s huge investment in their
welfare especially the prompt payment of salaries.

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