Anambra Head of Service peaches safety, urges workers to be courageous
The Head of Service (HoS), in Anambra Mr Harry Udu, has called on workers in the state to uphold the habit of observing all preventive tips and remain safe from the Coronavitus pandemic.
Udu made the call while speaking with newsmen in Amawbia, Awka Council Area, where he was observing the ongoing lockdown in the state.
The head of service urged the workers to ensure they and their family members wash their hands regularly, observe social distancing, use hand sanitisers and face masks as directed and most of all, stay in their homes.
He said only through such safety behaviour would they help the government achieve the objective of curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic minimally affecting state.
Udu decried the impact of the lockdown on the generality of the people, especially those who earned their income daily and was optimistic that the pandemic would come to pass in no distant time.
“The government is aware of the difficulties the stay-at-home directive poses on households but I hope the pandemic will fizzle out soon.
“It is better for everyone to endure the hardship and stay alive,” he said.
Udu said the state government foresaw the hardship and worked out a palliative programme for the elderly and the needy.
He lauded Gov. Willie Obiano for being proactive by setting up a COVID-19 management and response team, isolation centres and distribution of food items including bags of rice to the vulnerable in the state.
The head of service also appreciated the efforts of workers on essential services who were in the frontline in the battle against the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease.
He said civil servants should also help enlighten those in the communities about the reality of COVID-19, while assuring them that their welfare remained paramount in the mind of the governor.
“Workers should not panic; the governor remains a father with a good heart. He has not defaulted in payment of salaries and allowances even during this heavy economic challenges.
“I don’t see the government falling short of expectations because if the governor can give out palliatives to those not serving under him, how much more those serving in his government.
“I wish to specially thank those on essential duties who risk their lives and that of their families to ensure we remain safe and alive,” Udu said.
It would recalled that civil and public servants in Anambra had been away from their offices for about one month in the stay-at-home and lockdown directives of the state government.