Following the surge in transport fares and the resulting financial strain on public workers, the Kwara State Government has introduced temporary measures to alleviate the situation.
The State Head of Service (HOS), Mrs. Susan Modupe Oluwole, announced today that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak has directed a reduction in workdays from five to three days per week for all state-employed workers. The directive is aimed at mitigating the hardships caused by the removal of fuel subsidies by the Federal Government, and it was conveyed through a statement signed by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary in the office of the HOS.
Mrs. Oluwole emphasized that the purpose of this measure is to provide relief to the workers who have been grappling with the skyrocketing cost of transportation. By reducing the number of workdays, the government aims to ease the financial burden on employees and help them cope with the increased transport expenses resulting from the fuel subsidy removal.
To ensure effective implementation, the Head of Service instructed all Heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to promptly devise a format indicating the alternating workdays for each employee under their purview. This arrangement will enable a smooth transition to the new schedule and ensure that all workers are aware of their designated workdays.
While the government has shown compassion towards the workers, Mrs. Oluwole cautioned that this measure is temporary and should not be seen as a permanent solution to the problem.