NLC Says Gov. Rochas Okorocha Has No Power Reduce Working Days




Hours from Monday to Friday which is what the Nigeria con­
stitution has adopted, and as such could not be altered on the
whims of the Imo State Governor.


Imo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),
Comrade Austin Chilakpu, has declared that Governor
Rochas Okorocha does not have the power to determine
working days in the state contrary to what the Nigeria
constitution has already prescribed.
Okorocha had last Friday during an interactive session with
Journalists disclosed that the state executive council was
considering slashing the working days from the normal five
days to three to avail civil servants in the state the op­
portunity of engaging in other businesses to earn extra in­
come to augment their salaries.
NLC Chairman, in his reaction, said the slashing of the
constitutionally prescribed working days was beyond the
powers of any state government including that of Imo
State.
According to him, the International Labour Organization
has prescribed 40 working
Hours from Monday to Friday which is what the Nigeria
constitution has adopted, and as such could not be altered
on the whims of the Imo State Governor.
The NLC boss further pointed out that public holidays rec­
ognized by the Federal Government are listed in the
calendar, noting that what the Imo State government was
trying to do was to subvert the laws of the country.
“Claims by Governor Okorocha that Imo State pays the
highest salaries in the entire Southeast is not correct
because the workers in the state receive the same min­
imum wage paid by other states and it is not a gift but as a
result of negotiation. There are states that pay more than
Imo State. I don’t know why the governor always tries to
borrow negative examples,” Chilakpu queried.
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