Ebonyi State Governor Suspends Attorney General & Two Commissioners for Dressing “Casually” to a State Function

Is there any connection between dressing casually to a function and performing one’s duties effectively? The Ebonyi State Governor thinks so.

Yesterday, the Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, suspended the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ben Igwenyi, and two other commissioners for what it called “improper dressing”.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, named the two commissioners as Hyacinth Ikpo, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and Chukwuma Nwandiugo, Commissioner for Works and Transport.

The commissioners were said to have dressed casually to a state banquet organised for the members of the Society of Gyneacologists and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) at the Government House on Friday night.

According to the statement published by The Nation, the suspension was for a period of three months. The statement further directed the commissioners not to attend any state function throughout the duration of their suspension.

The governor was said to have been enraged by the commissioners’ “lacklustre dressing to the occasion which had in attendance members of SOGON from various states of the federation which seemed to portray a bad image of the state in the eyes of the visitors”.

Sources close to Government House revealed that the suspension is without pay, adding that the commissioners have been directed to hand over all government properties in their possession to their permanent secretaries.

What do you make of this news? The report did not state exactly what they wore to the event, but according to the state governor, “casual dressing” is “lacklustre dressing” which implies it is “improper dressing”.

Do you think they deserved a suspension for dressing casually to a state function?

29 Comments on Ebonyi State Governor Suspends Attorney General & Two Commissioners for Dressing “Casually” to a State Function
  • Ikenna11 November 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Probably wore jeans and T-shirt. Little actions like this – who knows – may help to cure our almost incurable nonchalance and ‘anything-goes’ attitude in all sectors of public service and civic responsibilities. We may yet have some hope.

    • Ovadje November 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Exactly! These are probably the same kinds of persons that would stroll into the office at midday…

    • t November 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Non-chalant attitude is a thing of the mind…changing your dressing style wouldn’t cure that. While it may be inappropriate to dress casually for a formal event, does it warrant a suspension? Here we go again, always cutting the weak branches and never addressing the root cause of a problem.

      • ejiro November 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        You’re heaven-sent. Nigerians are very good at missing priorities.

        To the ones above ‘t’, trust me, these foolish leaders have no qualms wearing suits and traditional clothes for the rest of their lives because that is the uniform to feast on the national cake. Hypocrisy is suspending someone for dressing in a way that shows that they’re only there to party. At the end of it all, they just want to pretend that they’re disciplined and you guys just totally ingested the bait!

      • Naija Realist November 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

        A “non-chalant attitude” (sic) is not genetic. It is merely a habit and the best way to change a bad habit is to penalize it. It’s no different from driving the wrong way on a one-way street or tossing trash out of the car window (which Nigerians habitually do).

  • Dorathy November 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Dere was nothin wrong with wot dey were wearing, and no matter wot dey wore dey derserve dat treatment. Neva heard of dis anywhr. Msheww

  • Dorathy November 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Dey don’t deserve dat treatment. (Error in d previous statement)

  • adenike November 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    We’re a set of highly indisciplined people. The suspension (for 3 months) was prolly harsh but we need to know what exactly they wore to the function. If it was actually jeans and t-shirts with flat slippers – and throw in a little bit of dirty laughter, playing around – I’ll recommend a sack then. Lol

  • Asiasands November 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    useless country!

  • Que November 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Mhmm and somehow Mr Governor’s very proper dressing has made Ebonyi state an economic force to reckon with… and this one too plans to raise sensible children??… *hisss*

  • Joe November 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Who are you to suspend people for dressing casual mcheww, probable they were not dressing like GEJ. Rubbish

  • Dayo November 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Usually not one to make a big deal about appearances (and I love individuality in clothes), but generally I believe that one should usually dress the part. If you want to occupy an official seat of state, you should be prepared to wear the “uniform” that goes with it (in this instance, one imagines that would be formal business attire), as that is a representation of the OFFICE rather than of the individual.

  • Partyrider November 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Lol..no comment

  • lily November 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is total BS. u suspend people for not dressing “properly” and not for neglecting their duties. this is very stupid and shameful act. This is d reason we will still remain behind in development.

  • faith November 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Spending unnecessary time in irrelevant matters…mtchewww

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  • Bodashee November 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Ikenna I agree with you. And you dorathy or whareva, listen to yourself. improper dressing to a state function just goes to show how nonchalant our leaders are to things of importance. These little things that we pay little attention to actually add up to big consequences. Dorathy if u still have an objection, pls try wearing jeans and Tshirt to a jonb interview

  • Akindele @ Cheapest Bulk SMS November 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    The reason for their suspension sounds so stupid to me. I don’t see any reason for such suspension as long as they wore decent clothes. It is political. They have other issues to sort out within themselves. The suspension was just to prove to the victims that he’s in control of the state affairs.

  • chyke November 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Three months suspension at a stretch was an extreme disciplinary action. The gov acted as though he was already fed up with them and was looking for a way to drop them from his cabinet. Anyway he calls the shot here!!!

  • Naija Realist November 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Folks, there’s a reason that Obama does not show up in the Oval Office dressed in a wife-beater, shorts and flip flops — and it is not because it has anything to do with fixing the US economy. At the very least, public officers are expected to respect the (supposed) dignity of the office that they hold and not conduct themselves like area boys, alayes and agberos (including presenting themselves as same).

    Furthermore, as some comments have already corrected noted, these little things are indicia of the bigger picture. It should not surprise anyone that someone who cannot even be bothered to dress properly for a formal occasion would be bothered to properly scrutinize contract details or to ensure that the minute specifications of a project is met or even that drugs being bought by civil servants are not expired. People who cannot do little things properly cannot be relied upon to do the big things properly.

    PS: That many comments see nothing wrong in the manner that public office publicly present (and thus conduct) themselves perhaps aptly explains why our cities and public places (schools, hospitals, airports, even roads) are so chaotic and often unpresentable.

  • brittany November 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    for his mind now abi!

  • Heeba November 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Nonsense!! They will not suspend people for stealing government funds or not working but will suspend u bcos of what u wore Nigerians u can see we have our priorities messed up!,

  • Eve November 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Believe thet wore Jeans,T-shirt and Pam slippers and top it up with papa’s cap -to match- mtchewwww. Nonchalant attitude after all its a govt work. The gov did u good job joor.

  • chibyke November 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Pls my fellow ebonyians let us tell ourself the truth. is it good for a person to be on a traditional dress to the office . What an insult is that ,pls let others take correction from this one.But pls mr governor may you shorten the period of the suspension . So that the penalty will not be too much a boarden for them to bear thanks and keep it up we the youth are by your side forever.

    • Ada01 November 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      None of dem wore traditional..stop talkin trash!!!

  • Okechukwu Ofili November 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Ibori was fapping millions…ain’t nobody suspend him in Nigeria…for even 1 hour…

    • Ovadje November 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

      @ Ofili. Perhaps if Ibori had been suspended when he was simply fibbing (as must have in his governorship application), he would never had been in a position to fap millions…

  • Ada01 November 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Dey did not wear jeans and flips to dat function… Dey wore shirt, trouser nd shoe… Dey re some of d most dedicated commissioners in Ebonyi state… So for those of u blabbin about non-chalancy..get it right nd stop assuming

  • e-bukun November 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Talk about misplaced priorities. I cannot with Nigeria

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