By Terese Tse
Beginning from today, Friday, November 5, 2021, Fridays in Benue state would be observed as work-free days, the state government has declared.
The governor stated this in a circular titled: “Declaration of work-free day for public servants in Benue state to enhance farming activities and the agricultural value chain,” issued by Samuel Udeh, Covering Permanent Secretary for Head of Service.
According to the circular, the decision was to enable civil servants harvest their farm produce.
“You would recall our earlier circular No. S/ADM/CIR/IV/915 of June 2021, in which His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom approved Thursdays and Fridays in the month of June and July, 2021 as work-free days to enable civil servants engage in farming activities; to which we believe was optimally utilized in the planting season.
“In view of the above, His Excellency has further approved friday every week from November 5, 2021 to Friday January 28, 2022 as work-free days to enable civil servants harvest their farm produce,” Udeh stated.
The Covering Permanent Secretary noted that workers in the state have been urged to use the last working day of the week for farming and other agricultural related activities in the face of dwindling economy which made it difficult for the administration to pay salaries.
It, however, stated that those on essential services are exempted from the work-free days.