Anambra State Head of Service (HOS), Barr Harry Udu has described Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration as fair and poised to improve living standards of people of the state.Udu made the remark while exchanging views with some Executive Members of Salvation Army Church, who paid him a visit at HOS Committee Room, Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.He emphasised that the Obiano administration had done marvelously well in all spheres of human life, especially in the area of welfare and security.
Udu noted that security management had been a first charge under the governor’s watch and as such there had been an influx of investors into the state for socio-economic development activities.The state has continued to install new facilities as well as upgrade old ones and people are generally happier; people, who work and the retired all get paid.’’
Barr Udu, however, explained that it was not within his mandate to make categorical statements on their request.I assure you that this government is known for redressing any wrongs that has been proved.If there is anything that you are entitled to, which has not been given to you, be assured that when it is presented properly, the Governor will address it.’’He emphasised that the process of handing over schools to Churches began under the leadership of the past government and is now being sustained by the Obiano administration.
Udu, then, advised them to intimate the Basic Education Ministry on the development for further action.Earlier, Secretary, Education Management Board, Salvation Army Schools Anambra West, Dr Obum Ezeani said that Salvation Army was a charitable International Organisation and a Christian Church that came into Nigeria in 1920.We are known for charitable work all over the world and we are in 131 countries of the world.
We are supposed to be celebrating our 100th year in Nigeria this August but for COVID-19 pandemic, it has been shifted to 2021.In Salvation Army territory, we have divisions and in Anambra, it is covered by Anambra West Division.’’The Division Commander, Major John Ihedi, who led the Group, said that the aim of their visit was to familiarise with the HOS and to seek redress to recover and manage their own schools just like other churches.
Major Ihedi sought advice that would enable them to route their claims properly for further necessary action.He mentioned some towns, where they have their schools to include Nnewi, Aguata, Orumba, Onitsha and Nnobi.Present at the meeting include the Permanent Secretary, Pensions and Establishment, Mrs Caroline Njaka, Director of Training, Dr Nwando Obiano, Director Public Service Office (PSO), Mr Adebayo Ojeyinka and Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Governor on Labour Mr Godwin Ibekwe.