Sokoto State Governor Ahmed Aliyu on Thursday barred the Government House gate against late-arriving workers.
Aliyu was alleged to have drove himself to Government House at 8:30 a.m., only to discover that the majority of the staff was not present.
According to the Daily Trust, Aliyu met only cleaners and a nurse at the Government House Clinic before ordering the security guards to seal the gate.
The gate remained closed until around 1pm, with several top workers, including some governor’s advisers, barred from entering.
Governor Aliyu justified his actions by saying, “This is not a joke.” Any responsible government is expected to ensure that workers’ salaries are paid on time. When I first arrived, I paid two months’ salary in three weeks. Because my drivers did not arrive on time, I drove alone to the office. But I won’t tell you what my next plan of action is because you (interviewers) arrived late as well.”
“I promised the people of Sokoto State that I would not betray their trust, nor would I allow any public officer to do so,” the governor added.
“Either work for us or return our money.” You can’t take our money unless you justify it.”