Governor Rochas Okorocha has reduced the number of days Imo State governments workers are to work per week.
Civil servants in the state will now work for three days, instead of five.
The remaining two days will be used for farming.
The Governor tagged the policy ‘Back-to-Farm.’
According to Okorocha, this help Imo State to engage in agriculture.
Imo State civil servants are afraid the policy will come with pay cut.
Okorocha has denied this stating that, “This does not in any way affect the salaries of the workers.
“Workers will get their full salaries as has 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.
Okorocha went on to say that, “We shall try this program for the period of one year.
“It will begin from August 1, 2016, and hopefully, this will help.
“For this reason, the issue of annual leave and casual leave is hereby cancelled.
“Resumption time for work has changed from 8a.m. to 7.30a.m. and ends by 4p.m.
“Any worker not found on his or her seat between 7.30a.m. and 4p.m. 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 and secondary schools in the state must own farms.
“The Community Government Council (CGC) must be strengthened for the sake of this agricultural program.
“Two billion naira 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.
“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 program.
“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 prices.
“Our nation is also going through a 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 favor.
“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,” Okorocha said.