Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has introduced a novelty to combat the downturn of the nation’s economy.
In a mild way, he told civil servants in the state to embrace farming to augment their meagre salaries, which may not come at the end of month henceforth.
This is as the state government has declared every Friday of the week, a public holiday to enable state workers till the land for agricultural produce.
To lead by example, the Governor will from next week proceed on two-week annual vacation to enable him tend crops in his farm.
State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Odeh Ageh, who made the announcement today, said the work free day was approved by the 16th session of the state executive council meeting chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom.
Ageh explained that the idea would aid as many workers as possible to produce enough food to feed their families in the face of the current economic reality which has made the regular payment of salaries a major challenge.
According to him, the work free day would commence from tomorrow, Friday, June 10 and would last till the end of July, 2016.
The Commissioner also announced that the governor would proceed on a two-week vacation as part of his annual leave as from Monday, June 13 to work on his farm while the Day Governor, Engr Benson Abounu, would act in his absence.