A four Day Week has started in Gambia .Gambian Public Sector workers will now be working from Mondays to Thursdays ,with Friday an extra day off,President Yahya Jammeh announced last month.
President Yahya Jammeh has argued that the shorter week will give The Gambia’s mainly Muslim population more time to pray, socialise and tend to fields.
In a statement last month, Mr Jammeh’s office said that from 1 February, the working times in the public sector would be Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00 to 18:00.
“This new arrangement will allow Gambians to devote more time to prayers, social activities and agriculture – going back to the land and grow what we eat and eat what we grow, for a healthy and wealthy nation.” says the statement
The statement said state schools would also be closed on Fridays, but were free to open on Saturdays to compensate for the lost day.
Government employees have been working a five-day week, from 08:00 to 16:00.
Critics say Yahya Jammeh’s latest decision will promote laziness and disrupt the poor West African state’s economy,BBC reports