Imo Governor Implements “Back to Land” Agricultural Policy for Civil Servants in State.
The Imo State Governor, Mr Owelle Rochas okorocha has, on sunday, reduced work days to 3 in the state. Civil Servants in the state now urged to farm for 2 days every week.
According to a statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Imo State 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.
Against the backdrop, 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.
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 3-days working periods.
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 loan.