Edo State Government has reversed its three working days policy for its workforce introduced in the aftermath of fuel subsidy removal on May 29, 2023 by President Bola Tinubu.
The decision to reduce working days from five to three in June was to mitigate the effect of high cost of transportation on civil and public servants in the state.
In a circular dated September 29, 2023, and signed by the Permanent Secretary, General Services, for the Head of Service, Priscillia Aziegbemhin, the government said the decision to revert to five work days a week was in view of the fact that the State Government had put in place measures to alleviate the transport plight of Edo residents due to hike in the price of petroleum products.
The circular reads: “I am directed to refer to the above subject and to convey the decision of the State Government to bring to an end the implementation of the three-day weekly work schedule for Civil/Public Servants across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“This decision is in view of the fact that the State Government has put in place measures to alleviate the transport plight of Edo residents occasioned by the hike in the price of petroleum products. It is expected that every Civil/Public Servant should take advantage of these measures.
“In view of the foregoing, all Civil/Public Servants are by this Circular directed to resume for work every work day of the week with effect from Tuesday 3rd October, 2023.”
The state government had on September 11, commenced a free bus ride scheme through the state- owned transport service provider, Edo City Transport Service, (ECTS) covering both intra and inter-city routes.