The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the Imo State government’s three-day work and two-day farming for workers, as recently introduced by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, gave this indication while fielding questions at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum on Sunday in Abuja.
Wabba said that the policy which implied forcefully sending workers to farm was against the International Labour Organisation Convention and also against the rules and procedures in service.
Wabba said, “First, we have condemned in very strong terms what the Imo State governor tries to do by forcefully sending workers to the farm.
“Don’t forget that the public service rule is very clear about what trade a worker can actually do to add to his normal routine services.
“It provided that on your own volition, you can join farming as part of your normal routine activities, and that is allowed by law.
“But to criminally now go to the state House of Assembly and pass a law overnight without public hearing and without consultation is against the ILO convention; it is against our rules and procedure in service.
“To say that you want to force workers compulsorily to go into faming two days a week is the height of not even understanding how governance or how public service is run.
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