- Non-essential civil servants in Benue state have been permitted to go to their farmlands on Thursdays and Fridays
- The directive was issued on Friday, June 18, by the state government through the office of the head of civil service
- The Benue noted that the holidays are intended to help develop the agricultural sector especially in the farming season
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The Benue state government through the head of civil service, Veronica Onyeke, has declared Thursdays and Fridays as work-free days for public employees to attend to their farmlands.
According to the order of the government, the decision is to enhance farming to develop the agricultural value chain in the state.
The government made it clear that the holidays which will end in July, are not for essential workers in the state, Punch reports.
Part of the directive read:
“Accordingly, effective from Thursday, 17th June to 30th July, 2021, Thursdays and Fridays have been declared as work-free days.
"Civil servants are thereby advised to take advantage of these days to engage in farming and other agricultural related activities.”
Herdsmen kill 100 farmers in four communities
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen reportedly killed over 100 persons in Katsina-Ala local council of Benue.
The killings started on Friday night, May 21, up until Monday morning, May 24. Katsina-Ala local council chairman, Alfred Atera, confirmed the fatality figure from the unfortunate incident.
The local council chairman lamented that his people were scampering for safety as the armed herdsmen shot sporadically and littered dead bodies.
According to Atera, the areas affected by the attack include, Yooyo, Utange, Mbatura/Mberev, and Mbayongo.
I won't tolerate killings in my state anymore - Ortom
In another report, armed herdsmen reportedly killed a man and his wife at Udei branch in Mbabai ward, Guma local government area of Benue state.
Legit.ng reported that Ortom said he would no longer announce the deaths of those killed by herdsmen in the state.
Ortom, who made the remark at the Chapel of Grace in Government House, Makurdi, to round up a prayer and fasting programme said the people of Benue should rise up and defend themselves with weapons not prohibited by law.
Source: Legit Nigeria