The governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha yesterday at Owerri, the Imo state capital gave civil servants in Imo state two weeks public holiday for their Xmas break.
According to the statement, the holiday started yesterday and end on the 7th Jan 2013.
He also gave them bags of rice and some monetary gift to take home for their enjoyment.some of the workers were seen singing and jubiliating
However the opposition parties in Imo State have flayed Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s declaration of two weeks Christmas holiday for civil servants in the state, saying that the governor cannot simply shut down entire state in the name of Christmas celebration notminding the revenue loss to the state.
Reacting to the declaration of two weeks holiday for the civil servants, the State Chairman of the All Nigeria National Party (ANPP), Dr. Vitalis Orikaeze Ajumbe, said it was an indication that the government had no plans and vision for the state. “This is to show that this government has no vision.
There is nowhere in the world where the government declares two weeks Christmas holiday for civil servants which meant that the state would be practically shutdown which also means huge revenue loss to the state, adding that the government did not also consider those coming from abroad that might require the services of the civil servants, so it simply shows that both the government and the civil servants are idle.”
The state publicity secretary of thepeoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Byleden Amajirionwu described the holiday as reckless and irresponsible, adding that the government was obviously naive of the economic implications of its action. “The governor appears to be naive on the economic implications of such notorious holiday, this action goes further to explain our stand that this administration that this Administration is ruthlessly disorganized and deceitful”.
Similarly, the acting National President of the Civil Liberties Organization, Comrade Uche Durueke, a legal practitioner described it as non sense wondering how the government could ever conceive of such an idea, noting that it would have a far reaching effect on the people and economy. “As far as I am concerned it is nonsense becauseas a lawyer, I cannot go to the court now because of the holidays.”