KADUNA: Nigerians Read Meaning To El-Rufai’s Declaration Of Fridays As Off Days

The Kaduna State Government’s declaration of Fridays as off days for civil servants in the state has sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced on Monday that the state will commence transition to a four-day workweek beginning from December 1, 2021.

Speaking through his media adviser, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai hoped that the move would help to “boost productivity, improve work-life balance and enable workers to have more time for their families, for rest and for agriculture.”

Apart from those serving in schools and healthcare facilities, all public servants in the state would be allowed to work from home on Fridays.

The state government said the measure, “reflects lessons learnt from managing the Covid-19 pandemic which required significant relaxations of old working traditions and the ascendance of virtual and remote working arrangements.”

While many Nigerians hailed the governor and described the move as ingenious, others gave different interpretations to it.

“This is a very welcome development, I wish Federal Government can emulate Kaduna State Government,” Alfa Ahmad wrote in reaction to El-Rufai’s announcement of the initiative in a Facebook post.

Gwandi Godwin described the four-day workweek policy as “very innovative” adding that it would set Kaduna as an example of a “knowledge-based economy” to other states in the country.

However, one Ismail Abdullahi Adamu criticized the policy, saying “When other states add Saturday to cover for the ground lost in education due to Covid. We are here doing the opposite.” Below are other reactions:

Aliyu Shehu Yaro: “Civil and Public servants should brace up for what would ensue after the full transition and those awaiting to be employed by the state government should just go and start up something to earn a living.

Mathew Gopar Gobak: “Weekend now starts on Thursdays in Kaduna to pave way for the Muslims like the Christians who rest on Sunday to rest on Friday. It is about religion and not any resting of brains for effective productivity.

Mohd Yahaya Usman: “At least our muslim brothers now have friday as a working free day, sai malam.”

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