By James Eze
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has distributed the first set of 2,660 bags of rice to pensioners in the State. Performing the function at Independence Square, Amawbia, Governor Obiano said the welfare of pensioners, who served the State faithfully in the past, would remain a priority throughout the life span of his administration.
The beneficiaries are retired primary school teachers and local government workers from Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Dunukofia and Njikoka local government areas.
The Governor recalled that on inception his administration offset N1.8b pension arrears and had since maintained regular monthly payment in line with his promise to deliver on physical and human infrastructure. He restated the resolve of his government to give Awka a befitting capital status and announced that work would soon commence on the Ukwu ? oji Isi ? agu road.
Obiano urged the people to give APGA resounding victory in the coming election to consolidate good governance in the state.
The State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mrs Azuka Enemuo said over ten thousand pensioners would benefit from the exercise across the State. Enemuo recalled that APGA governments in the State had paid over N42b pension arrears owed since 1999 during which time, she said, the retired workers suffered untold hardship. She disclosed that the state secretariat of the pensioners? association has been completed and would soon be commissioned.
In their reactions, the pensioners wished the Governor God?s blessings. Mr Felix Okafor expressed gratitude to Obiano for his good gesture. Mrs Kate Chikweobi prayed God to endow the Governor with wisdom to pilot the affairs of the state.