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Ayade suspends Water Resources Commissioner, MD for lateness

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Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday suspended

indefinitely, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Gabe Odu Ojie,

and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile for

reporting to work late.
The governor announced their suspension during his routine but unscheduled

tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil

and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics.

Speaking to news men at the premises of the Ministry in Calabar, Ayade

said it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty

post before 9.00am, maintaining that the suspension would serve as

deterrent to other government employees, as well as appointees.

His words: “This is about 9 o'clock in the morning and the Commissioner

for Water Resources is not at his duty post. The Managing Director of

Cross River State Water Board is not in the office. I cannot understand

why he is not in the office. I therefore, with immediate effect, announce

his suspension. We wll appoint somebody to take over this office with

immediate effect. Any single commissioner I find in this circumstance will

After making the pronouncement, Governor Ayade also supervised a roll call

of staff who signed the time book as of the time of his visit to check

Accordingly, the governor also directed that all erring staff be

disciplined in line with the civil service rules.
On the irregular water supply experienced by residents in the metropolis

in recent past, Ayade who averred that part of the reason he embarked on

the visit was because of concerns raised about irregular water supply to

the citizenry, frowned on the action of the Port Harcourt Electricity

Distribution Company (PHED) for disconnecting power supply to the water

“After paying N14 million billing charge, there's no reason, given the

circumstances of the time, that power should be disconnected from Cross

River State Water Board. We find this totally unacceptable. We believe

that we have invested enough in PHED and we expect that they show us

understanding,” he queried.
Governor Ayade subsequently called on the Federal Government to compel the

distribution company to be accountable to the state government in view of

its investment through the provision of transformers to aid their

He assured the citizenry that normalcy will soon return in the supply of

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