Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has approved work-free days on Thursday and Friday in June and July 2021 to allow civil servants in the state to engage in farming activities.
The governor stated this in a circular issued by Sir Samuel I Udeh, Permanent Secretary for Head of Service, titled “Declaration Of Week-Free Days For Public Aervants In The State To Enhance Farming Activities To Develop The Agricultural Chain In Benue.”
The decision, according to the circular, was made to allow public employees to benefit from the state’s Agricultural Value Chain.
“In order to create an enabling environment for Civil Servants in Benue State to benefit from the state’s Agricultural Value Chain, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has approved Thursday and Friday in the months of June and July 2021 as work free days to enable Civil Servants engage in farming activities,” reads the circular.
“As a result, effective on Thursday, June 17th, and ending on Friday, July 30th, 2021, Thursdays and Fridays have been declared as work-free days. Civil servants are encouraged to use these days to engage in farming and agricultural-related activities.”
Those on critical services, however, are exempt from the work-free days, according to the document.