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Obiano to new Perm Secs: Prioritise productivity, workers’ welfare

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…Pledges to keep investing in workers’ upkeep, devp

ANAMBRA State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has urged the new permanent secretaries to prioritise workers welfare and productivity in line with his administration’s commitment to workers’ upkeep and development.

  Gov. Obiano stated this in his remark while swearing-in 11 new permanent secretaries of the state civil service at Executive Council (EXCO) Chambers of Government House, Awka, yesterday.

  The new permanent secretaries are Nwando Obiano, Ndidi Onuigbo, Lazarus Okafor, Samuel Ike and Ebele Okonkwo. Others are Anuli, Iwuno, Theodore Igwegbe, Gertrude Uzoka, Edwin Ejike, Choke Idigo and E.G.N Okafor.

  Describing the workforce as an indispensable partner in his administration’s performances, the governor explained that without workers in public service, the transformation recorded in every sector of Anambra State would be elusive.

  According to him, this underscores his administration’s strategic investment in labour through regular payment of salaries, emoluments and other incentives through seasonal windfalls and manpower training to catalyse productivity.

  Gov. Obiano also listed offsetting backlog of entitlements owed to retirees from the service by previous administrations and prompt payment of pensions to them as another area his administration has continued to touch workers’ lives.

  Therefore, the governor said he would not relent in carrying workers along in the scheme of affairs by ensuring that their welfare and development are prioritised.

  Urging the new permanent secretaries to familiarise themselves with the four key development pillars that have sustained his administration so as to effectively contribute their quota to the success of the system, Gov. Obiano assured them that his administration has provided new policies and innovations that have transform the state’s workforce and improved service delivery.

  The governor also charged the new permanent secretaries to address redundancy, laxity and other negative practices hindering productivity in the various ministries.

  Responding on behalf of others, Nwando Obiano, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve the state in such high office and capacity, and promised to live up to their callings.

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