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Imo Civil Servants to Work for 3 Days and Farm for 2 Days in New Agriculture Policy



Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State

Imo state government has reduced the number of working days for the state’s civil servants from 5 to 3 days per week. This information is contained in a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The statement said that 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.

Okorocha disclosed the policy when traditional rulers from the state operating under the aegis of Royal fathers in Agriculture paid him courtesy call at the Government House Owerri on Monday.

According to Onwuemeodo, 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, adding that 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 three-days working periods.

The statement quoted Okorocha as saying:

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 and Secondary schools in the state must own farms. The Community Government Council (CGC) must be strengthened for the sake of this agricultural programme”.

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.



  1. Gracie

    August 2, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Rochas – The funniest governor in the history of this nation. U never can tell his next policy.

  2. Beard gang

    August 2, 2016 at 10:39 am

    please don’t include secondary school students, that is tantamount to forced labour. farm work for students should only be for academic purposes not economic reasons .

  3. Expert

    August 2, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Gov Rochas, while I commend your interest in creating wealth/food security through Agriculture (agro-revolution) and other non-oil sectors, I do not believe that making Thursdays & Fridays mandatory for farming for public servants will achieve the aim. This will greatly reduce productivity and create chaos in the civil service. Moreover, not all the Civil Servants have piece of land for cultivation and mind you subsistence farming will only deliver 20% of food requirements. Mechanized farming/animal husbandry is the surest way of food security. I expected your Ministry of Agriculture to set up Farm Cooperatives where civil servants can come together, invest in large Farm ownerships and share profits annually after harvests. In this way, state business is not affected, farming activities are funded, more food is produced and more revenue for civil servants. We need to work smarter.

    • Tosin

      August 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      yes, expert.

  4. Goody

    August 2, 2016 at 11:12 am

    good, farm/land prices should be affordable to all. My honourable Governor, please do something. Secondly, if there is a 2-day public holiday (Monday -Tuesday), will the Thursday and Friday work free day hold?

  5. Kukks

    August 2, 2016 at 11:17 am

    This one is for Rochas’ children and entire family members, BURY YOUR HEADS IN SHAME! Your father has the mind to punish Imolites just because he lost out in the polls. God will punish all of you. All you do is gulp tax payers money and get out of shape.
    To think Ohakim was a mistake, your father is worse. SCREW ROCHAS and his GOVERNMENT! Screw you all! This is the bitter part of me speaking. This man has been owing my father for over a year and six months. Sacked my cousins from their jobs. Rochas, you are a MAD man. Everything you’ve worked for in this life, you will lose. You will watch your world crumble. Ekwensu in human form! P.S; Do not come for me cause I do not remember sending anybody.

  6. chique

    August 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    white elephant policy. #yinmu.

  7. Naijatalk

    August 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Arrant nonsense. APC jumping on the agriculture bandwagon like the primitive thinkers that they are. So backward in a 21st century world.

    • Adigun Bright

      August 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      You dull gan!

    • Naijatalk

      August 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      You are worse, Bright my foot,

  8. molarah

    August 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    As much as many may want to hit on this policy and denounce it as crude or backward, this is really where we were headed, given the current economic situation. There aren’t many other alternative options left at this point. For it to be done successfully however, several checks and balances need to be put in place to prevent abuse of the system, and ensure it yields the desired productivity.

  9. artklub

    August 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    they’ve already started this in venezuela, cuz of food shortages – only their own involves all citizens not just civil servants….interesting sha….

  10. NaijaPikin

    August 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    So it is 50 year old civil servants that will be productive in farming after cancellation of annual leaves? Hopefully the hospital’s are ready to get increasedan number of patients.

    When stupid policies are created by stupid leaders. So everyone will even be on the farm same time? He could not have the brain to even stagger farm days by units to ensure coverge all week long.

    Did these leaders actually go to school?

  11. nunulicious

    August 3, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I’m trying to understand.
    they will leave the city centre on wednesday after work and go to the back of their houe? their native home town or the federal secretariat to farm? with hoe and cutlass? with shovels and axes? then return on sunday to go to the office.
    effective August o1 2016? yesterday?
    the political office holders who work so hard and are the most productive sector of our recurrent expenditure? who were allocated farm land would be exempt from this?
    please somebody wake me up from this nightmare called Nigeria. because I don’t understand.

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