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Finally, Imo State Govt. Implement Thursdays, Fridays As ‘Working Days'


Rochas Okorocha the executive  governor of Imo State has reduced the working days of some civil servants in the state.

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha

Workers are now to work for only  three days in a week, while they can spend the remaining two days on their farms.

The State government introduced a policy tagged: “Back to Land for Agriculture”, which is meant to enable civil servants in the state to engage and invest in agriculture for self-sustenance.
Rochas Okorocha, made the policy known when traditional rulers from the state, operating under the aegis of Royal fathers in Agriculture, paid  a courtesy visit at the Government House in Owerri on Monday.

He further emphasis  that the State Executive Council has given approval to the new policy.
The Chief Press secretary to the governor , Sam Onwuemeodo, however assured that the new policy will not affect the salaries of workers.the statement reads, “Against the backdrop of the “Back to Land for Agriculture” Programme, the governor directed that public servants in the state would now work from Mondays to Wednesdays, and use Thursdays and Fridays for agriculture (farming) while Saturdays can be used for ceremonies. And the directive takes effect from Monday August 1, 2016.

“In addition to this, the governor exempted public servants on essential duties like the teachers, nurses, doctors and people involved in Internally Generated Revenue drive. Political appointees are also exempted from the three-days working periods.

“We are going to try this policy for the period of one year, starting from 1st of August 2016 and hopefully this will help. Let me make this emphasis before it is misconstrued or misrepresented, that this does not in any way affect the salaries of the workers.“Workers will get their full salaries as been the practice. So the policy does not mean that there will be a cut in salary rather let us now find a way for our workers to supplement their salaries”.he stated, “For this reason the issue of annual leave and casual leave is hereby cancelled. Resumption time for work has changed from 8am to 7.30am in the morning and ends by 4pm. Any worker that is not found on his or her seat between7.30am and 4pm on the days concerned will be dismissed.

The state governor also insist that Every political appointee must own a farm. The youths would also be encouraged to start investing on agriculture. Schools including Universities, Polytechnics and Secondary schools in the state must own farms. The Community Government Council (CGC) must be strengthened for the sake of this agricultural programme.

He also  revealed  that “Two billion naira (N2b) has been set aside at the micro-finance bank for the purpose of the "Back To Land For Agriculture policy" so that those willing can access it.

“There were periods the oil price was in our favour. But those in charge then blew the money. They made no savings. today the oil price crashed globally  and we must fall back to agriculture as the solution.”

ISSUES OF SALARY AND PENSION

The governor however said that  the June and July Salaries would be paid this week. “Our problem is not being unable to pay salaries but paying over-bloated salaries. we are also making effort to pay our pensioners once the harmonization is over. and also ensure  that our workers are comfortable and our pensioners happy ,because this is one area the whole nation is having a serious challenge "he statement concluded.

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