As FG completes hand over of 700,000 school feeding programme utensils to Kaduna, Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said workers in the state will commence a transition to a four-day working week to help boost productivity, improve work life balance and allow them spend more time with their families.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor said the state government would begin implementing the transitional arrangement in the public service starting from December 1, 2021.
He said as from December, working hours for public servants would commence from to 8:00 a.m to 5:00p.m Mondays to Fridays.
The governor added that all public servants, other than those in schools and healthcare facilities, would work from home on Fridays.
He explained that the interim working arrangement would subsist until the government was ready to move to the next stage of the transition, which would culminate in the four-day working week in all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state.
“This measure is also designed to reflect lessons learnt from managing the COVID-19 pandemic, which required significant relaxation of old working traditions and the adoption of virtual and remote working arrangements,” he said.
MEANWHILE, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has completed the handing over of 700,000 feeding utensils to the Kaduna State Government to be given to beneficiaries of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.
The utensils were delivered at the Sheikh Gumi LEA Primary School in Kaduna, where the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiyah Umar Farouq, said the initiative was designed to address poverty, while giving more children of the less privileged greater access to education.
The minister, who was represented by Deputy Director, Legal at the ministry, Hajiyah Maimuna Idris, recalled that the feeding programme was one of Federal Government’s four key intervention scheme under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) to boost school enrollment, nutrition and local economic activities in communities across the country.
“The benefits of the programme and its impact on the lives and livelihood of individuals, groups and communities are clear evidence of tackling malnutrition and poverty.
“We have so far recorded over nine million pupils on the programme being fed by employment and the impact being created in the school feeding ecosystem is undeniable,” she stated.