Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has finally reduced the number of working days in the state civil service from 5 to 3.
A statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, “The government of Imo State has introduced a policy tagged: “BACK TO LAND FOR AGRICULTURE” to enable the state engage and invest heavily in agriculture for self-sustenance.”
Onwuemeodo said with the new directive, 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.
The directive takes effect from Monday August 1, 2016.
The statement explained that the governor exempted public servants on essential duties like the teachers, nurses, doctors and people involved in internally generated revenue drive as well as political appointees from the 3-days working period.
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According the CPS, “This does not in any way affect the salaries of the workers. Workers will get their full salaries. 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 between 7.30am and 4pm on the days concerned will be summarily dismissed. Everybody must go back to agriculture. Every political appointee must own a farm.
“N2 billion has been set aside at the micro-finance bank for the purpose of this Back To Land For Agriculture policy so that those willing can access it. And time is gone again when politicians and some Imolites will come to government in the pretence of farming and collect loans and use it to buy cars and marry new wives.”