UNIBEN bans staff from watching TV during office hours


The University of Benin (UNIBEN) has released a set of rules for members of its staff.

Among these include barring them from watching television during office hours.

It noted that it “diverts attention from the primary objectives of staff and lowers productivity considerably.”

Authorities at the school also cautioned members of staff against running intra-campus transportation ventures during working hours.

A circular from the UNIBEN Registrar’s office declared that anyone found wanting would “face appropriate disciplinary action.”

The circular EduCeleb.com obtained was signed by the University’s registrar, Mrs. A.O. Oshodin.

It noted that the attitude of staff to duty could dent the school’s reputation.

It observed that members of staff are still in the habit of coming late to or absent from work, in spite of several circular against tardiness.

“Even when they come, they (staff) spend hours doing school runs and attending to personal matters. Staff should note that work starts at 8:00am and closes at 4:00pm.

“Accordingly, management has directed that these ugly trends should stop forthwith. In addition, staff are also advised to desist from unethical behaviour while on their duty posts as offenders will be made to face appropriate disciplinary action.

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“Management will no longer tolerate a situation where staff absent themselves from duty a day or more without permission and members of staff are once again advised to be properly guided by the contents of this circular.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the relevant sections of the regulations are hereby reproduced for emphasis.

“Members of staff who intend to be away from duty; or other place of work, on university research shall, if such absence does not exceed 10 working days, seek the approval of the Head of Department and, where appropriate, the Dean and the provost.

“All Heads of Departments shall seek the approval of the Dean, Provost or principal officers appropriate on any occasion that they may wish to be absent,” the circular stated.

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