Chief Willie Obiano
Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has commenced the payment of gratuities to retired staffs of Anambra Publishing and Printing Corporation, publishers of National Light Newspaper and Anambra Broadcasting Corporation, ABS.
The payment which is scheduled to come in batches saw no fewer than fifteen retirees receiving cheques for payment of their accumulated 25-year-old gratuities and pension in the first batch.
A letter from the Managing Director, Anambra Newspapers, publishers of the Light, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, to the Commissioner for Information and Communications Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta, disclosed that the release of the cheques was facilitated by the office of the Accountant-General.
Fides gathered that the retirees were the first batch to receive their cheques, while more will collect theirs soon.
'Since the creation of Anambra State in 1991, almost 170 workers that retired in the establishment were unable to receive either gratuity or pension, largely due to administrative mix up.
'When the attention of Gov. Willie Obiano was drawn to the lapse, however, he directed for prompt solution to be taken which led to wiping the tears from the eyes of the retirees,' the letter said.
Nnachetta who received the letter, saluted the benevolence of the governor to raise funds to settle the accumulated arrears amidst dwindling resources.
He said he was not surprised that the governor decided to pay the accumulated pension and gratuity of the retirees which successive governments had ignored, saying that the governor derived happiness from the happiness of the state's citizenry.
'You know workers have nicknamed him the alert governor. This is because he has been very prompt in the payment of salaries. Civil servants receive bank alerts for their salaries on 25th of every month or earlier,' he said.