Tuesday, December 7

Anambra declares Thursday, Friday work-free days

Anambra State Government has declared Thursday and Friday as work-free days to enable civil servants prepare for the Governorship election

Governor Willie Obiano made the declaration during his interactive session with State workers, at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

“It is to enable you, the workers to travel to your various voting places ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.’’

Obiano recalled that his administration had fulfilled his 2014 campaign promises to the workers and had improved the working condition of the civil service.

He said, “Saturday, Nov. 6 is the election, I urge you to come out en masse to exercise your franchise. The State is safe in all ramifications. Cast your vote to continue enjoying the prompt payment of salary and other benefits.

“Soludo knows how to develop resources for the welfare of workers. Soludo will do it even better.”

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo described the civil servants as the engine of every administration.

He pledged to implement his lofty manifesto that he presented to Ndi Anambra that included welfare of workers, promotion of education, health and youth productivity.

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He said: “we will stand on the foundation already established by Gov. Obiano to continue, complete, and consolidate on the achievements’’.

The former CBN governor emphasized that he would work collaboratively with the workers to further improve on the condition of service.

“We cannot owe salary. It is your right. Workers are very important to every administration. Teachers have very important roles in my manifesto. Teachers are the foundation of any nation.

“The quality of teachers and quality of teaching will determine the future of every state.”

Head of Service, Barr Harry Uduh commended Gov. Obiano for his prompt intervention in the challenges of the civil servants.

“The first point of call after his inauguration was to identify with civil servants. He has been prompt in payment of salaries, pension and gratuity and leave allowances.

“His administration engaged workers in training and retraining. He demonstrated his magnanimity several times in promoting workers welfare,” he noted.

The Chairman, Association of Pensioners in the office of the State’s Printing Cooperation (Publishers of National Light Newspapers), Mr Anderson Ubani and the Managing Director, Sir Chuka Nnabuife hailed the administration’s Intervention in making the newspaper to be pensionable in addition to other benefits to the workers.

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“We will vote for APGA for what you have done for us at National Light Newspapers. Under your administration, we have won several awards,’’ they said.

A Nollywood veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu said: “I worship Soludo like an idol. Soludo is the Solution to Anambra problems.

“The success of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration has been attributed to Soludo. He managed the economy of Nigeria and will consolidate the economy of Anambra State,’’ Agu said.

The Governor at the event presented awards to some dedicated workers.

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