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Snoozing Federal Employees Locked Out of Work
Sometimes Lateness is not by Choice
Federal employees who reported late to work on Tuesday received a rude shock as many were locked out of their offices.
In a determined effort to end tardiness, several federal government offices in the Abuja locked out hundreds of late workers today.
The move is part of an ongoing government effort to end chronic late arrivals among employees in Africa’s most populous nation. However, the offices opened their doors an hour later to let the embarassed employees in.
In Nigeria, everyone is familiar with “Nigerian Time” which afflicts not only official meetings, but private appointments, commencement of parties and almost all activities. Most Nigerians know to invite guests or set an appointments two hours before the official time in order to have a realistic chance of attendance.
While ministries are officially scheduled to open at 8 a.m., there is not much activity two hours later. Offices also typically close at 4 p.m. if there is electricity, or earlier if there is no power.