A legal expertise is required to offer an analytical interpretation on the matter between Jonglei state government and absentee civil servants; otherwise, a dark cloud and thunderbolt hover up in the sky.
The national and state ministries of Labour and human resource development should enlighten citizens on the Civil Service Act, pertaining to absenteeism, which is likely to brood strife in Jonglei state.
A scenario where some government employees have absconded office for over three years, if without permission, only amounts to abuse of office, hence corruption.
Corruption, in a simple term is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, whereas it could be an act of embezzlement, theft and fraud
A deadly scourge, corruption weakens democracy, hampers economic development and further exacerbates inequality, poverty, social division and environmental crisis.
It erodes the trust we have in the public sector to act in our best interests. It also wastes our taxes or rates that have been earmarked for important community projects – meaning we have to put up with poor quality services or infrastructure, or we miss out altogether.
In a bid to improve service provision to the citizens, Jonglei State government makes endeavors to call back absentee workforce to office, but the timeline seems unfavorable to others.
But the stand on 14 days ultimatum after issuing 10 similar circulars is clear. We don’t expect the council of ministers to perform a miracle.
Political leaders become accountable, if not victims of our public opinion and right directions for finger-pointing, over poor services in a state and a nation.
It’s from the generosity of Jonglei State government to offer last chance to any civil servants.
A genuine reason for taking such a decision by the state is to enable the government to establish actual statistics of the workforce.
Literary, some civil servants have reportedly been absent at their workplaces for the last three years, it’s therefore inevitable to know who is in the state and who is not.
Arguably, time, whether insufficient in relation to distance and where about, might not be a better bargain, so long as absenteeism in public office, in such a long duration, indistinguishably is corruption.
Salaries of the absentees could help recruit other staff to perform duties, most need by citizens but the government is handicapped since somebody, away from office receives the money.
How shall citizens have the audacity to check corruption in public service when the very citizens uphold this vice by opposing government strategy to rid off the scourge and improve service for the benefit of the people? How shall we hold political leaders accountable when we are the very citizens holding their hands at the back, obstructing them from taking action in the best of our interest”
We should applaud Jonglei State Council of Ministers in their bid to make the state better for all to live in than derail their efforts.