Gambia: Gov't Announces Four-Day Working Week

The government of The Gambia has issued an executive decision to change the official government working hours and days with effect from 1st February, 2013.

A media release from the State House states that the new work days and times will be Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00am to 06:00pm and Fridays will henceforth become rest and prayer days alongside Saturdays and Sundays.

Below is the full text of the release

The Office of the President hereby announces to the general public that His Excellency, the president of the Republic, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh in consultation with Cabinet and giving due consideration to public demand, has issued an executive decision to change the official government working hours and days with effect from 1st February , 2013.

The new work days and times will be Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00am to 06:00pm. Fridays will henceforth become rest and prayer days alongside Saturdays and Sundays. Schools and banks and all affected institutions are free to work on Saturdays to compensate for the Fridays which will now become non-working days.

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.

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