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UNIBEN warns workers against tardiness, absenteeism


Management of the University of Benin (UNBEN) has warned staff against tardiness, absenteeism and related offences, declaring that anyone found wanting would “face appropriate disciplinary action.”

It also barred workers from viewing television during office hours because “it diverts attention from the primary objectives of staff and lowers productivity considerably.”

The warnings were contained in a circular issued by the registrar, Mrs. A.O. Oshodin where management stated that the attitude of employees to work could dent the institution’s reputation.

According to the university, “members of staff are still in the habit of coming late to or absenting from work in spite of several circulars against tardiness.”


It cautioned: “Even when they come, they (staff) spend hours doing ‘school runs’ and attending to personal matters. Staff should note that work starts at 8:00a.m. and closes at 4:00p.m.

“Accordingly, management has directed that these ugly trends should stop forthwith. In addition, staff are also advised to desist from unethical behaviours while on their duty posts as offenders will be made to face appropriate disciplinary action.”

“Management will no longer tolerate a situation where staff absent themselves from duty a day or more without permission and members of staff are once again advised to be properly guided by the contents of this circular,” the institution said.

The management added: “For the avoidance of doubt, the relevant sections of the regulations are hereby reproduced for emphasis.”

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