Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted that it was in the best interest of the state workers to take Thursdays and Fridays off.
He said the policy by his administration was not to ridicule civil servants but to ensue they engaged themselves in agriculture, since the workers were not productive on the said two days.
His words; “It has to work because under the present economic situation we find ourselves, I think the best thing to do is putting more emphasis on agriculture.
“I am asking the civil servants to just give me three days, just three days is enough to carry out activities of the state. They should take the two days and go back to agriculture to help themselves.
‘“We have launched Community Government Council to enable them farm. We have done many agricultural programmes, and they have to be around to do it because those Thursdays and Fridays, they use them for burial.
‘’They use those two days for burial activities anyway. And you hardly see them in the office, so why don’t you give me three quality days, that’s enough for me and then use the two days for farming? Then use the Saturday for naming ceremonies and other things. We have to go that way if Nigeria has to grow.”
On the reported proposed bill by the president to get sweeping financial powers to tackle economy, Okorocha said: “There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, we have to declare a state of economic emergency right now in Nigeria and all hands must be on deck to fix the economy of this country.
“For some of us and I think for all Nigerians who travel out, we know that we need to stand up and avoid sentiment and face the issue.”