Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday stormed the new State Secretariat Complex in the capital city and observed to his utter dissatisfaction workers’ lateness to work and outright absenteeism.
The Governor who arrived the new Secretariat at about 8.30 a.m. was surprised to see that very few workers had come to work at that time.
In fact, the visibly angry governor conducted checks from ministry to ministry and from one office to another and in most cases met almost empty offices.
He was also unhappy to observe that even as majority of the workers were absent, even some of those met did not seem to approach their duties with a sense of responsibility but for one dutiful cleaner who was seen cleaning up a large area in one of the ministries.
As at the time of the surprise visit, most of the offices were under lock, a situation that angered the state chief executive.
As at the time the governor visited the complex, no Permanent Secretary had come to the office and only one commissioner had arrived just as other heads of departments were yet to report for duty.
However, Governor Ugwuanyi expressed delight with the early arrival of some of the workers, which means that there are still some dedicated ones among them, urging them to sustain the spirit of punctuality and hard work in order to achieve effective service delivery.
The teeming number of latecomers were seen making frantic movements at the gate, pleading with the security men to allow them entry into the premises but all their pleadings fell on deaf ears; some were also busy making calls to notify their colleagues about the shocking development.
The governor thereafter proceeded to ninth mile Conner Enugu to inspect the dilapidated condition of roads in the area.
In an address to the people of the area, Governor Ugwuanyi assured that his administration would do the needful to alleviate the untold hardship people encounter as a result of the deplorable state of the road, adding that government would intervene despite the dwindling economy of the state.
According to the governor the essence of his visiting ninth mile corner was to inform the people of the government’s intervention effort to rehabilitate the roads in keeping with his campaign promise to enable people reap the dividends of democracy
In a remark the Chairman of Udi local government, Hon Chinedu Iloeje represented by his deputy Mrs. Uche Eze expressed delight over the governor’s visit describing it as apt and timely as Christmas festivities is fast approaching where people used to stay countless hours on the road because of hold-ups before getting to their destinations
The Chairman disclosed that the ninth mile transit road is the economic hub of the state, commending the governor for identifying with the people’s needs.