By Sunny A. Ijomah
When civil servants from some states in the country are protesting nonpayment of salaries, workers in Anambra State are busy enjoying not just prompt payment of salaries, but also, 2018 leave allowance.
This of course is outside the December salary which will be paid before Christmas day.
It was a beehive of activities at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat complex Awka, as workers from various ministries and parastatals were seen loading bags of rice into vehicles for onward movement to their offices where the rice will be distributed individually.
Our Correspondent equally gathered that civil servants have received their 2018 leave allowances and would be given their December salaries before 24th of December.
Some of the workers who spoke to our correspondent including Mrs. Gloria Anaeze of the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment and a teacher, Mrs. Ifeoma Obiora, confirmed that they received alert for the leave allowances on Monday.
They said that they received their twenty five kg of rice each as early as first and second week of November.
On his part, Mr. Afam Obidike expressed appreciation to the Governor for keeping to his promise of prompt payment of workers salary, and ensuring that they fared well especially during the yuletide.
Also, the Public Relations officer of the Ministry of Transport, Sir. Stanley Onunkwo and another staff of the Ministry, confirmed that they have received alert for the 2018 leave allowance, praying God to bless Governor Willie Obiano for his love for the state work force.
Reacting on the development, the Head of Service, Barrister Harry Uduh, who said that pensioners equally got their own share of the rice, noted that the gesture by the governor has puts smiles on the faces of many families across the state as according to him, every family now has rice to eat on Christmas day.
Barrister Uduh said that with the leave allowances, parents can equally get some new cloths for their kids before the rush time, adding that the December salary will be a fall back for them in January.
He charged workers, to reciprocate the love by putting in their best to move the state forward, and to help in improving the IGR of the State for a better salary package.