As a way of reducing the negative impact of the subsidy removal, the Kwara State Government under Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has reduced the working days for civil servants in the state to three days per week.
The State Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Modupe Oluwole, made the announcement on Monday in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Murtala Atoyebi.
The Head of Service said this is a temporary palliative measure to bring some ease to workers following the removal of the petrol subsidy by the Federal Government.
Oluwole said: “The State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has directed that the workdays be reduced from five days to three days per week for every worker.”
She directed all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.
The Kwara State Head of Service warned the workers not to abuse the magnanimity of the governor, stressing that the regular monitoring of MDAs by her office would be intensified to ensure strict compliance.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has shunned the meeting with the Federal Government delegation held at the Presidential Villa, on Sunday, June 4, 2023, stating that there would be no discussion unless the government returns the price of fuel to its previous rate.
NLC President, Joe Ajaero, in an interview, stated that until the Federal Government obeys the Appropriation Act of 2023, which makes provision for subsidy till the end of June, Congress will boycott the meetings with the government.
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He said: “We have boycotted the meeting until they revert. There is no point meeting with people who do not have the mandate when what they are doing is illegal, because the Appropriation Act of 2023 has not been obeyed, which makes provision for subsidy till the end of June.
“So, we cannot sit to negotiate. Let them revert so that we all can freely negotiate over the issues raised. In our meeting with them last Wednesday, we asked them to revert. NNPC acknowledged that the high rate was not official, but how come they adjusted pump meters across the federation? It was a negotiation not based on good faith.”