Kaduna civil servants to work four days a week

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Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State governor (file photo)

By Valentine Amanze

The Kaduna State government has concluded arrangement for its workers to work for only four days a week.

But in the interim, its public servants would work from home for one day per week.

The government explained that the measure was to boost productivity, improve work-life balance, and enable workers to have more time for their families, for rest, and for agriculture.

The Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the state governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Monday, stated that the government would begin implementation of the transitional arrangements from December 1, 2021.

“From that date, working hours for public servants are adjusted to 8am -5pm, Monday to Friday.

“However, all public servants, other than those in schools and healthcare facilities, will work from home on Fridays,’’ the statement clarified.

“This interim working arrangement will subsist until the government is ready to move to the next stage of the transition which will culminate in the four-day week across all MDAs in the state,’’ the government stated.

It added that the ‘‘government will also ramp up its efforts to give public servants access to digital devices and platforms to enable them to work effectively from home.”

It also assured that “given the significant investments the state government is making in ICT, it will ensure that most of its automated services deliver the levels of performance required to give citizens seamless access.’’

According to the statement, “senior officials are working on detailed guidelines to ensure that the emergency services and the education and health systems in the state continue to deliver services 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the transition and beyond.’’

It further disclosed that the government expected the required legal and regulatory framework to be in place by January 2022, adding that “this will also enable the organised private sector to engage with the process and agree a longer transition period to a four-day working week.’’

It pointed out that the government’s decision “reflects lessons learnt from managing the Covid-19 pandemic, which required significant relaxations of old working traditions and the ascendance of virtual and remote working arrangements.’’

 

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