Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has pleaded with workers in the State to show understanding over the “Back to Land for Agriculture” programme of the Government.
Okorocha had earlier proposed a 3-day working policy in which workers were given 2 days off from the usual 5 days to fend for themselves.
The governor made his appeal through a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, on Thursday.
“It is important to appeal to Labour leaders to sit down and have a second look at the policy.
“What the governor did was to unveil Exco’s decision and the policy is in the overall interest of the state,” Onwuemeodo said.
“The workers were not asked to go home to stay idle. And if they dutifully engage in farming, it will not only help their individual economies but will also boost the economy of the state.
“The governor had equally made it clear that the development will not in any way affect the salaries of the workers’’.
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) leaders had ordered workers in the state to ignore the governor’s directive. Claiming that the governor had no constitutional right to declare such policy.
“The new policy is in the best interest of everybody. If it succeeds, it will mark an enviable turning point in the economy of the state. No one thinks that any patriotic citizen of Imo state will oppose this lofty programme.
“The governor is still appealing to the leadership of NLC in the state to appreciate the good intentions in all he is doing for the people and also show understanding over the new policy’’, the statement said.