The Kaduna State government on Monday declared that it will begin the transition to a four-day working week from December 1, 2021.
This new development which will permit public servants to work from home for one day per week is a measure designed to help improve productivity, enhance work-life balance and enable workers to have more time for their families, for rest and agriculture.
Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, disclosed this in a statement titled: ‘”DSG Begins Transition To Four-day Working Week From 1st December 2021″.
According to the statement which reads in part, “The measure also reflects lessons learnt from managing the Covid-19 pandemic which required significant relaxations of old working traditions and the ascendance of virtual and remote working arrangements”.
A statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House stated that the Kaduna State Government will begin implementation of the transitional arrangements in the public service of the state from 1st December 2021; working hours for public servants hours are adjusted to 8 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
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However, all public servants, other than those in schools and healthcare facilities, will work from home on Fridays. This interim working arrangement will subsist until the government is ready to move to the next stage of the transition which will culminate in the four-day week across all MDAs in the state.
The statement further states that senior officials are working on detailed guidelines to ensure that the emergency services and the education and health systems in the state continue to deliver services 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the transition and beyond. The government will also ramp up its efforts to give public servants access to digital devices and platforms to enable them to work effectively from home.
The statement also revealed that the state government is making plans to ensure that most of its automated services deliver the levels of performance required to give citizens seamless access.
The state government expects the required legal and regulatory framework to be in place by January 2022. This will also enable the organised private sector to engage with the process and agree on a longer transition period to a four-day working week.