Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has said that his administration will consider reducing the number of work days in the state from five to three so as to enable the government cut salaries.
The governor was briefing journalists on the state of affairs in Imo on Friday.
He said reducing work days would enable workers to engage in other activities in order to supplement their monthly salaries and take care of their families.
He said, “I encourage Imo workers to find additional things to do to support their families because of the economic situation we are facing in Nigeria. We are considering to reduce the working days from five to three in Imo, so that workers will use the rest of the days to work and support their families’’.
The governor said that Imo state pays the highest salary scale among the other South-eastern states of Abia, Anabmbra, Ebonyi and Enugu.
“Directors in these other South-eastern states receive something a little above N90, 000 while in Imo they receive more than N100, 000.
“We intend to clear salary arrears up to July by next week. After that, we will consider downward review of salary to workers to be at par with other states of South-east,’’ he said.
He however did not say when the three-work-days-per-week policy will be implemented.
Governor Okorocha also praised the people of Imo North Senatorial district and those from Isiala Mbano and Oru East state constituencies for voting APC candidates in the just concluded rerun elections.
He said the victory had shown that APC was strong in the South-east.