Posted by: Idioma Extra | September 1, 2010

The Weird and the Wonderful

Nigerian government locks out snoozing employees


ABUJA, Nigeria — Snoozing Nigerian federal employees who reported late to work have gotten a rude awakening.

As part of a push to end tardiness, a number of federal offices in the nation’s capital Abuja locked out hundreds of tardy workers Tuesday. The move is part of an ongoing government effort to end chronic late arrivals among employees in Africa’s most populous nation.

The offices opened their doors an hour later to let the late employees in.

However, so-called “Africa time” still plagues government offices in the oil-rich nation of 150 million people. While ministries should be open at 8 a.m., many find operations still sluggish two hours later. Offices typically close at 4 p.m. — or when the failing national power grid cuts out.

Word of the Day

Snooze \ˈsnüz\
origin unknown
First Known Use: 1785
1: to take a nap: doze

More Vocabulary

Plague: v. to smite, infest, or afflict with or as if with disease, calamity, or natural evil
Rude: adj. occurring abruptly and disconcertingly
Sluggish: adj. slow to respond
Tardy: adj. delayed beyond the expected or proper time

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Lock out: to keep out by or as if by a lock

  • Jason, if you do not come home by midnight, you will be locked out of the dorm room.

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