Following the harsh economic situation in Cross River State in spite of the payment of N18,000 minimum wage, civil and public servants, abandon their offices for private businesses, such as selling of foodstuff, electronics, wristwatches, clothes, shoes, and other items.
Others who are health workers including medical personnel and nurses pay much attention to their private patients in their houses and private clinics.
Sadly, most of these workers are senior government workers who ignore the call to duty but collected monthly salaries.
The workers report to work between 9.00am to 10.00am and close much earlier than stipulated 4.00pm.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Mary-Theresa Ikwen, confirmed the acts of truancy, habitual lateness to work and sporadic absenteeism exhibited by workers in the services of the government of Cross River State after rounding up her visits to government establishments in the state.
Irked by this development, Mrs. Ikwen said no tangible success can be recorded in any given endeavour without a disciplined mind and directed all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to, as a matter of priority, resuscitate their senior and junior staff management committees to handle matters concerning the reward and sanction of staff.
She noted that as at 8.05am, some staff members were yet to arrive their duty posts, pointing out that the worse in her findings, while rounding off the inspection visit at 9.05am, was that some workers were yet to show up.
Expressing her disappointment, the head of service described the act as unacceptable to the quest for the enthronement of a service of a world-class standard.