- Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo has approved free medical care for workers in the state’s civil service
- Governor Uzodimma gave the approval at a town hall meeting he held with top management staff of the Imo civil service in Owerri
- The governor said the gesture was part of efforts to ensure that civil servants in the state remained healthy and well-positioned to carry out their duties
Owerri - As part of the stimulus package of the Shared Prosperity Government, Imo governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has approved free medical care through the health insurance scheme of his administration for more than 47,000 civil servants in the state.
Governor Uzodimma disclosed this at an interactive session with all the state commissioners, Head of Service, head of parastatals and agencies and directors in the civil service at Government House, Owerri on Tuesday, October 4.
The governor stated that the initiative is part of his government's social welfare package to cushion the economic situation and return dignity of labour to the state civil service for both for local and state civil servants.
On the issue of promotion, the governor stated that promotions will be made only to verified staff and not ghost workers or absentees workers.
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The Head of Service, Barr. Raymond Ucheoma in his address said the initiative is a first of its kind gesture in the state civil service.
He commended the governor and promised more efficiency from the civil servants.
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Writing on his Twitter page, Governor Uzodimma stated:
“We have partnered with public health institutions in the state and some private ones for the provision of free healthcare services to Imo workers.
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“I am glad to announce that the State Government would take care of the initial policy purchase and this shall take effect once the civil servants are completely captured into our social security system.”
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Meanwhile, Governor Uzodimma has called for grassroots sensitization on the need for southeast residents to participate in the 2023 population and housing census.
The Imo governor also assured the National Population Commission in the state of every necessary support they need to ensure that the exercise turns out well.
According to the governor, the census exercise is an opportunity for the southeast to address its perceived marginalization.
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Recall that Governor Uzodimma recently charged Ndi Igbo to strengthen their negotiation skills to play politics effectively at the national level.
Uzodimma made the comment at the public lecture tagged 'Igbos quest for Nigeria’s unity', in honour of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in Owerri.
The lecture was one of the events lined up to celebrated the 80th birthday of the elder statesman.