Soludo Approves N15,000 Christmas Bonus for Anambra Workers
- To celebrate the Yuletide, Anambra state civil service workers will get an extra N15,000 as a Christmas bonus
- Apart from the bonus, the workers will also get a 10 per cent salary increase which commences from January 2023
- Addressing the workers, Governor Chukwuma Soludo acknowledged that the money is not much and said he wished the government could do more
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Awka - Professor Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra, has approved N15,000 as a Christmas bonus for civil servants in the state.
The governor also announced a 10 per cent salary increase for civil servants in the state, according to a statement by Christian Aburime, his chief press secretary.
The statement seen by Legit.ng noted that Soludo made the announcements at the celebration of the ‘2022 Public Service Day'' on Tuesday, December 20, in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
At the event, the governor spoke on the theme ''Performance Management System: Impact on the Nigerian Public Service.''
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"On the issue of Christmas rice, we reviewed how it's done in the past and discovered that it is no longer tenable. I understand, in previous years, that the past government gave 25kg bags of rice to civil servants for Christmas.
"The state of Nigeria is bad. Everybody is complaining. Prices are rising very fast. I look at you and wonder how you cope. Today, 50kg bag of rice costs over N40,000. That's beyond the salary of a graduate in the public service. Something is not right!
"What we will do instead, between today and tomorrow, we will first of all make sure that our pensioners are taken care of, to demonstrate good faith.
"I wish we could do much more but today, you will receive an alert of N15,000 as Christmas bonus.
"The income is not increasing; government revenue is not increasing. We cannot print money. I understand what you feel and wish that our revenue will go up so we can multiply what comes to you in proportion to Nigeria's inflation."
The event also featured the presentation of certificates of recognition to 33 workers for their exemplary services and dedication.
Soludo visits Obiano, commends him for executing legacy projects
Meanwhile, Vanguard newspaper reports that Governor Soludo, on Monday, December 19, praised his predecessor, Chief Willie Obiano, for the legacy projects he completed while in office.
Soludo, who visited the former governor alongside some government appointees, also assured Obiano that he would sustain the growth of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the state.
According to the governor, Anambra state is APGA, and the party will continue to be sustained as the third biggest political party in the country.
2023: Anambra traditional rulers did not endorse Atiku, Monarch reveals
In another development, the traditional ruler of Isseke ancient kingdom in Ihiala local government area of Anambra, Igwe C.E Nnabuife, has denied the rumours that monarchs in the state endorsed Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as president.
Nnabuife revealed that the meeting was not convened on the instance of the party or any of its candidates for the 2023 general elections.
He made the clarification after speaking to a Legit.ng reporter in Awka, capital of Anambra state.
2023: 9 governors, 15 senators campaign for Atiku in Anambra state
Legit.ng had earlier reported that no fewer than nine governors and 15 senators of the PDP extraction visited Awka on Thursday, December 15, for the party's presidential campaign rally.
During the rally, Atiku assured the people that his presidency would be a stepping stone to the Igbo presidency in 2031.
He called on the Anambra electorate and the southeast, in general, to support him, saying that only his presidency would have a soft spot for the Igbo people and hand over to a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2031.