The Presidency has banned ministers and heads of parastatals from using mobile phones during meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan, DailyPost reports. The ban was as a result of rampant cases of phone calls and messaging at official meetings, even during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
It was observed that some ministers and top government officials hide under the guise of seeking clarifications on issues or emergency challenges to use mobile phones at meetings.
Therefore, a circular was sent to all ministers and chief executives of government agencies to deal with this issue of disregard for the president. The circular was signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadome. It reads: “Following the observation of some individuals using their mobile phones whilst Mr. President presides over meetings, it has become necessary to state that the use of mobile phones in meetings being attended by Mr. President is now prohibited… Please ensure phones are either left with security personnel in the relevant meeting room or switched off… Henceforth, responding to calls or text messages or having a phone interrupt proceedings at a meeting will not be tolerated.”
So, who thinks it is only the social media users that are being accused of being rude to the president?