Cross River public officials have urged the state government to channel its energies to address the challenges of the system rather than introducing a new dress code for them.
The workers were reacting to the statement made by the state’s Head of Service (HoS), Ms. Geralldine Akpet, that the state would soon introduce a new dress code for civil servants in the state.
In an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), an official, Mr. Mike Ogar, welcomed the move, but added that it was not a need for workers for now.
According to him, there are many challenges in the system.
“There has been no welfare package for workers for a long time, there are problems of unpaid arrears and promotions without benefits.
“Our working environment is not conducive, just take a look around our offices and you will understand what I am saying.
“Those are the areas that the state government needs to focus on for effective service delivery,” he said.
For Emmanuel Etuk, the dress code simply implies that someone should dress moderately.
“There is nothing wrong with asking people to dress well when they come to work because dressing appropriately, in addition to making one appear responsible, elevates the image of the service,” he said.
Ms. Angela Bassey pointed out that the dress code in the service had always been pants and shirt with tie for men according to their departments.
According to her, women are expected to wear a blouse and skirt or corporate dress.
However, he added that he sees many civil servants who come to work dressed in casual clothes.
NAN reports that Cross River HoS had said that the new code to be introduced was to stop indecent dress and to control truancy among state civil service workers.
He also said that the state government would introduce closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor public officials.
Akpet added that a system of rewards and sanctions would be introduced as part of the new reform policy to encourage workers to do their best.