Nigeria states reduce working days for state employees to three days a week

Nigeria states reduce working days for state employees to three days a week

Heavy traffic passes through the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Ikeja district in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos April 12, 2016.REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

Two states in Nigeria have reduced the working days for state employees from five days to three days a week to help cushion workers with the increased fuel prices.

The Edo and Kwara state governments announced the move, adding that it will be in effect until further notice as they seek ways to alleviate the snag.

Kwara State Chief Press Secretary Murtala Atoyebi said in a statement on Wednesday that "the government was set to provide succor for workers who could not be covered by the reduction in workdays due to the peculiar nature of their official duties." as quoted by Daily Post.

Atoyebi's statement followed Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki's announcement that the move will also see employees working from home during the reduced working days.

"The Edo State Government is hereby reducing the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week till further notice. Workers will now work from home two days a week," said Obaseki as quoted by Business Post.

Fuel prices in Nigeria skyrocketed after the federal government eliminated fuel subsidies, resulting in a rise in commodity prices.


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