Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised ‘free rice’ for Christmas to civil servants in the state and also pledged to pay them their 2016 annual leave allowance before the yuletide.
In addition, as part of Obiano’s administration’s welfare package for workers in the state, workers were assured of mass promotion in the coming year.
Speaking on Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish, Awada, Onitsha, Obiano regretted that workers in the state had not enjoyed regular promotion, saying that arrangements had been concluded for the promotion exercise.
“All the workers will receive their leave allowances as well as a bag of rice each for the Christmas.
“Anambra will remain first in promoting the welfare of her citizens. Our stimulus package was aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of indigent people, especially in the present economic recession.”
The governor further assured the people of a crime-free state during the Yuletide, saying his administration is committed to the fight against crime and criminality.
Governor Obiano disclosed that more security personnel have been deployed to ensure safety of lives and property in the state especially in the coming Yuletide season.
On Tuesday, Gov. Willie Obiano welcomed the launch of the “Exercise Python Dance” by the Nigerian Army in the state and urged the people to cooperate with the army in sustaining the relative peace in Anambra.
Obiano assured the people that nobody will be molested, adding that the soldiers are not ‘Army of occupation’ as being labelled by some people, especially on the online media.
He further warned criminal elements to steer clear of the state as the exercise would not be friendly to them.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, stressed that the training programme was part of the Army’s constitutional responsibility to aid civil authority in maintaining internal security, adding that the exercise has been launched in other parts of the country.