Civil servants in Ogun State are expected to resume by 7:30am.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday locked out at least three of his commissioners as well as hundreds of civil servants for coming late to work.
The lock-out order of the governor was carried out by the Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle and Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, who personally supervised locking of the gates.
The two top government functionaries commenced the operations precisely 8:00 a.m. accompanied by armed policemen and locked the two gates leading to the secretariat at Oke-Mosan, where the governor’s office is also located.
Civil service regulations have it that civil servants are expected to officially resume work 7:30am, Monday to Friday. As at 10.00am, when Premium Times correspondent visited the scene, a number of the latecomers were seen loitering outside the gate trying to ascertain the consequences of their late coming.
However, further investigations revealed that orders were given to the most senior officers in various ministries who arrived on time, to compile names of those late to work, to enable the authority identify the culprits for the necessary disciplinary action based on the civil service regulations.
As for the tardy commissioners, their fate would be determined by the governor himself, a government official said.