Gambia to switch to 4 day week

2013-01-21 20:12

Banjul - Gambian President Yayha Jammeh has shortened the work week in his tiny west African nation, making Fridays a day of rest and prayer, the presidency said on Sunday.

A statement broadcast on state radio from the presidency announced that from 1 February, official government working hours will be from Monday to Thursday, from 08:00 to 18:00.

"Fridays will henceforth become rest and prayer days alongside Saturdays and Sundays," the statement said.

"Schools, banks and all affected institutions are free to work on Saturdays to compensate for the Fridays," it added.

The presidency also said that 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."

The sliver of a country wedged into Senegal which surrounds it on all sides except for a palm-fringed coastline on the Atlantic coast has a population of about 1.8 million and is the smallest country on the African mainland.

Though essentially a secular state, Gambia is 90% Sunni Muslim.

  • jnaledi1 - 2013-01-21 20:54

    Where is respect for God of the Sabbath?

  • Jason Lok - 2013-01-21 23:44

    for prayers..!! somebody has taken a stand-thank GOD

  • tommo.too - 2013-01-22 01:53

    They are still working more hours than Europeans do.

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