Ekiti warns workers against truancy
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 facilities
“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.