Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that civil servants in the state are to work for only three days a week.
The Governor opined that the workers could use the remaining two days for other pursuits to sustain their families.
Governor Rochas made the declaration on Friday while addressing newsmen at his residence in Owerri.
According to him, those that will not be involved in the arrangement are hospital workers, teachers, fire service personnel and other essential workers.
He pointed out that after the payment of outstanding salaries for the months of May, June and July, workers in the state would begin to receive their salaries as and when due.
Rochas Cuts Workers Pay, To Work 3 Days Only
Chief Okorocha also disclosed that he was considering calls from several quarters to drop the free education programme which he began at the inception of his administration.
“I encourage Imo workers to find additional things to do to support their families because of the economic situation we are facing in Nigeria.
“We are considering to reduce the working days from five to three in Imo. So that workers will use the rest of the days to work and support their families.”
Governor Rochas Okorocha however did not state exactly when the new arragnement would commence.
He added that the Imo State government was also planning to review workers’ salaries downward.
He stated that in spite of the current payment of 70 percent of salaries to workers, the state still paid the highest salary scale among the South-Eastern states of Abia, Anabmbra, Ebonyi and Enugu.
He argued that:
“Directors in these other South-Eastern states receive something a little above N90, 000 while in Imo they receive more than N100, 000.
“We intend to clear salary arrears up to July by next week. After that, we will consider downward review of salary to workers to be at par with other states of South-East.”