Cote d'Ivoire gov't to punish absent employees

10:55, May 10, 2011      

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President Alassane Ouattara's government has called on all Cote d'Ivoire's public servants to return to work, saying they could face punitive measures if otherwise.

Public Service Minister Konan Gnamien has threatened to punish civil servants who will not have reported to their offices on Monday.

"About 80 percent of all public servants have so far returned to their various duty stations," the minister said.

"The three obstacles that stood on their way included the lack of salaries due to closure of banks, the security problem at Yopougon and difficulties in moving from the interior parts of the country," Gnamien added.

He noted that two of the obstacles have already been dealt with since the salaries have been paid and Yopougon is now under control of the government.

With the two problems tackled, he expressed hope that over 90 percent of the civil servants will report to work on Monday.

"We shall demand explanations from absent officials and we shall take punitive measures against them," he declared.

Education Minister Kandia Camara has on her part asked schoolheads to register teachers who have reported to work.

"They must tell us those who are working and those who have not yet reported to work so that we can take appropriate measures," Camara said.

Most employees in Cote d'Ivoire have been slowly getting back to work after several weeks of fighting, which ended after the arrest of the country's former strongman Laurent Gbagbo on April 11 by the Cote d'Ivoire Republican Forces (FRCI).

However, some public servants have failed to report to work despite repeated calls from the government for them to do so.

Source: Xinhua
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