By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, says his administration has paid retirees from March 2022 to date.
Soludo stated this at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State while giving a live broadcast to mark his 100 Days in Office as the Governor of Anambra State.
‘We have launched a policy that no retiree from the State Civil Service will be owed gratuity under my administration and have paid retirees from March to date.
‘We have also begun, albeit gradually, to pay gratuity to pensioners who retired since 2018 and there is hope and joy in the land. We have also approved the same policy for local governments,’ he said.
Soludo noted that the ground breaking of Coordinated Wholesale Centre, Oba, had been achieved, stating that the project was jinxed for six years and that when completed, would be the largest drug distribution hub in West Africa.
‘We Introduced and activated a drug revolving fund in the state hospitals. Achieved a rapid response to measles outbreak in 13 LGAs. Currently the outbreak has been contained in 12 LGAs out of the initial 13,’ he said.
Soludo also added that he had fixed the state ambulances to aid emergency responses with a toll free number boldly displayed, saying that massive recruitment of health workers had been ongoing in general hospitals. He said his administration had activated Endoscopy unit at General Hospital, Onitsha.
‘We activated dental units in general hospitals, Enugwu-Ukwu, Umueri and Ekwulobia. Optimized the Laboratory Department of General Hospital, Agulu and General Hospital Nnobi with haematology analyzers. Introduced Anambra State hospital Inspection team.
‘We Introduced Zero Malaria Initiative: In collaboration with the Malaria Consortium flagged off the distribution of 3.8 million Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN),’ he said
He announced that in collaboration with State government, the Global Fund was building a new Oxygen plant at Onitsha.