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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

OKOROCHA REDUCES WORK DAYS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS IN IMO TO THREE DAYS A WEEK

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has reduced the
number of working days for the state’s civil servants from 5
to 3 days per week, directing them to work from Mondays
to Wednesdays while Thursdays and Fridays are to be used
for farming.
In a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief
Press Secretary to the Governor, Okorocha
said 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.
It read: “We shall try this programme 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.”
“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 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. The youths would also be
encouraged to take to agriculture. Schools including
Universities, Polytechnics andSecondary schools in the
state must own farms. The Community Government Council
(CGC) must be strengthened for the sake of this agricultural
programme”.”
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“Two billion naira (N2b) 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”.
“Again, the June and July Salaries would be paid this week.
We are making sure that our workers are comfortable and
our pensioners are happy because this is one area the
whole nation is having a serious challenge. 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.”
“I also want to announce that government has appealed to
families and those who organize burials on Mondays to
Wednesdays to please change and have their burials on
Saturdays so that we can concentrate on the government’s
work and on the agricultural programme.”
“Everything that has to do with agriculture no matter what
shape it comes, government will support it. So many
countries are going through economic crisis because of the
fall in oil. Our nation is also going through very difficult
moment. We have taken responsibility as leaders and we
are not blaming anyone. Wise nations and leaders save for
the rainy days. 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 globally has crashed
and here we are. And we must fall back to agriculture as
the panacea.”
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