Friday, 31 July 2015

Gov Obiano Promises to Improve Workers’ Salaries to 50%


Anambra State government has reiterated its commitment towards enhancing the welfare of the state workforce despite economic meltdown ravaging the country.

The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who stated this at 2015 African Public Service Day celebration held recently, described the state civil servants as the cornerstone of his administration, pointing it out that the social health of a state can be gauged from the condition of its civil servants.

“I have demonstrated a great deal of sensitivity to the plight of workers in Anambra State. Your plight is my plight, your pain is my pain and your joy is my joy. You’re important to me. Any government that does not place the people first is doomed. I will continue to champion your course despite prevailing economic depression in the country”, [post_ad] Obiano assured.

He further enumerated his various efforts to improve workers’ welfare to include purchasing and donation of four mass transit buses to workers for smooth transportation from Onitsha-Otuocha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia to Awka in order to ease their difficulties, increment of their salaries to 15%, redeployment of sacked staffers of ABS, regular payment of salaries, pensions and allowances, prompt promotions and conversions of entitled public servants, payment of 3 years cumulative salaries of the state water board corporation staff, among others.

While promising to increase their salaries to 50% as long as the state internally generated revenue increased, Obiano urged civil servants to “put in your very best efforts in the service of Anambra State. I urge you to show greater appetite for work, a determined drive for excellence and a commitment to a better Anambra State. I can assure you that your efforts will not go unnoticed nor your labour go unrewarded.”

Earlier speaking, the State Head of Service, Chidi Ezeoke, acknowledged Governor Obiano’s special attention to the public servants, noting that “he has shown uncommon understanding and sensitivity to matters concerning the Public Servants and the Service.”

Speaking in an interview, the Chairman, Anambra State Civil Service Commission, Barr. N.E Melifonwu urged workers to maintain what she termed symbiotic relationship existing between them and the governor through punctuality to work and premium selfless services to the people.

On his part, the MD/CEO of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Joe Billy Ekwunife recalled that the governor had attracted over 2 billion naira worth of investment within a year of steering the sheep of the state as governor.

Highlight of this year’s event was the presentation of 2015 African (Nigerian) Public Service Awards to 30 public servants.



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