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Govt distributes rice to workers

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RICE farmers in Anambra State have been urged to produce more rice as the state government has become major off-taker, providing ready market for home grown rice.

  Anambra State Head of Service, Harry Uduh said this as the state commenced distribution of bags of rice to workers and pensioners at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

“The resolve of government to annually purchase not less than 50,000 bags of Anambra Rice from farmers has far reaching positive effect on the economy of the state.

“It is a way that the government has helped to create jobs, provide incentives to farmers as well as source of positive reinforcement for workers which reflect positively on the fabric of the society.”

  This year’s rice distribution marked the fifth consecutive time that workers in the state employ would be receiving such gifts from government.

  Uduh thanked Gov. Willie Obiano for his consistent benevolence to workers and people of the state.

  He noted that Anambra remained “the only state in Nigeria which gives its workers such gifts of a bag of rice every end of the year”.

  “Let us look at our neighbours. I mean other states and notice that Anambra Government remains the most worker-friendly government.

  “Consider the benefits arranged for workers this end of year, from the proposed payment of leave allowances and December salaries on 5th and 15th December, respectively to gifts of a bag of rice to each worker.”

  He, then, urged the workers to reciprocate these kindnesses by staying dedicated and loyal to the government that had done so much for them.

 Uduh assured government of his continued support and those of the workforce.

  Mrs Ogoamaka Uzoezie, a civil servant while receiving her bag of rice, thanked the governor for the wonderful gesture.

“I thank the governor for this gift which will go a long way in sustaining me and my family throughout this yuletide.”

Another civil servant, Mr Sylvester Udoji thanked the HOS for his commitment at interfacing with government on behalf of workers.

“Receiving this gift will further motivate me as well as other workers to be more diligent and committed to the service of the state.”

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