Anambra State Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, has increased the salary of workers in his state by 15 per cent.
Obiano stated this on Wednesday at the Jerome Udoji secretariat, Awka, the state capital, during the 2015 civil service day celebration, where he reassured the state workers of regular salaries despite the prevailing economic difficulties.
According to him: “A few weeks after I was sworn in as your governor, we took bold steps to look into the difficulties workers were having in transporting themselves to Awka from various parts of the state.
“Consequently, we provided four buses to convey workers from Onitsha, Otuocha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia to and from Awka. We also donated three buses to NLC, NUC and JNC.
“Similarly, less than one year into my administration, we increased workers’ salaries by 15 per cent.
“I also assured you that I would do more if our Internally Generated Revenue grows. Interestingly, we increased salaries at a time when oil prices were crashing and governments were looking for bailouts.
“In spite of the prevailing difficulties, we have kept our promise to always pay your salaries regularly.”
Mr. Obiano described the civil service as the cornerstone of his administration, adding that “No responsible government goes to sleep when its work force is having sleepless nights.”