Imo state government has reduced the number of working days for the state’s civil servants from 5 to 3 days per week. This information is contained in a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The statement said that the new policy, tagged “Back to Land For Agriculture” is meant to enable the state engage and invest heavily in agriculture for self-sustenance since from all indications the state can no longer depend on monthly allocation for survival.
Okorocha disclosed the policy when traditional rulers from the state operating under the aegis of Royal fathers in Agriculture paid him courtesy call at the Government House Owerri on Monday.
According to Onwuemeodo, 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, adding that the directive takes effect from Monday August 1, 2016.
However, 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.