Obiano pays 385 retirees after 38 years

Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano yesterday announced the payment of pensions and gratuities to 385 retirees, after 38 years.

It was learnt that the governor had released N700 million while payment will begin at the end of June and last till May 2018.

Commissioner for Information and Strategic Planning, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, addressed reporters yesterday in Awka, the state capital, on the development.

Some corporations whose retirees have died include Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) and Anambra Newspapers Company, publishers of National Light.

Nnacheta said those involved had been suffering for years, adding that the money had been provided to stop their agony.

The commissioner said the affected workers were 227 ABS ex-workers, 158 from National Light.

He recalled that since 1979 and 1992, retired workers of the corporations had not been paid their pensions or gratuities.

The state government also announced that it is currently handling 181 projects across the state.

It said 175 of them would be ready at the end of this month.

Another problem confronting the state, according to Nnacheta, is that some projects, which had been abandoned in the communities for the past 30 years, were being resuscitated.

He said about 50 of them had been identified and approved, especially schools and health facilities.

The commissioner said there were 12 ongoing road projects in the state, despite the recession.

Nnacheta said 50 physically challenged persons had been given jobs in the civil service, including the position of a permanent secretary, which he said had never happened anywhere else.

He noted that despite distractions from certain quarters and the opposition, the Obiano administration had not derailed from ensuring that Anambra residents enjoyed dividends of democracy.

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