… as pensioners dub him pensioner-friendly governor
THE Managing Director/ CEO and staff of the Anambra State Printing Press and Corporation (ANPC) recorded a mile stone yesterday, as they played host to the governor, Dr Willie Obiano at the premises of the corporation.
The governor, who was accompanied by his entourage which includes top government officials, journalists from other media organisations, among others were received by the management and staff of the corporation . Afterwards, the Commissioner of information, C. Don Adinuba led the governor to the workers and group of pensioners where he addressed them after inspecting the corporation’s facilities.
The governor commended the pace of development in the organisation and urged the chief executive officer of National Light and the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba to articulate the needs of National Light and forward to him to ensure that the organisation gets what it deserves for improved services.
He urged the organisation to continue to work with the facilities on ground so far, promising that it is about time the needed change will come.
Managing director and CEO of ANPC, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, said the visit was landmark history to ANPC because it is over a decade such has happened in National Light. “The governor has shown and has continued to show to Ndị Anambra that his government is not run on one lane.”
The MD and CEO, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) Chief Uche Nworah, thanked Gov. Obiano for visiting the National Light, which he referred to as a laudable achievement on the part of the management team of the corporation.
Nworah said that the visit was a sign that the Willie Obiano led administration didn’t want to leave any sector or establishment behind as everything counts for maximum production.
Speaking with National Light reporters shortly after the visit, the chairman of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Pensioners Union (ANPC), Comrade ABC Ubani (JP) described the visit by the governor as “wonderful”. He dubbed the governor a pensioner-friendly governor, saying that this is the first time since the creation of the state that a governor would be paying the pension and gratuity of pensioners regularly.
“Since the creation of the state on August 27, 1991, Willie Obiano is the first Governor who has paid the pensions and gratuities of retired workers of Anambra Newspapers Printing corporation and publishers of National Light Newspapers up to December, 2016, leaving pension arrears from January 1, 2017 to date.
As pensioner- friendly governor, we are praying that he merges the 55 of us who are now receiving their monthly pensions and gratuities through the state sub treasury. In fact, there is a letter before the Head of Service now pleading with the HOS to co-opt the 89 pensioners remaining to the 55 that are receiving their monthly pension at the state sub treasuries. That is exactly what is important to us here and more important is that the ANPC has been given a facelift.
The governor has made a pronouncement that he is going to look into it. The machines available are already obsolete; I mean they have lasted up to 40 years while the only new machine gotten is not digital but analogue. So, we are looking forward to acquiring more digital printing machines in this corporation”, he stated.
On his final message to his co-pensioners, he said, “since the governor paid the pension and gratuity, we resolved before November18, 2017, of the governorship election that all of us, together with our families, in-laws, kith and kin will vote for him a second time and we did that.
We are also praying that since he made this pronouncement today, our lives will never be the same. We will continue to receive our monthly pensions from the sub treasuries as at when due”.
Comrade Ubani went further to add, “Even in the bible, every great prophet had his own time, just like there was a time for Moses, Jesus and among others. Then at this time in ANPC, he is our Moses and this is our own Jesus time”.
The erstwhile General Manager of ANPC, Dame Unoaku Ekwegbalu, offered, “yes, today has become an actualization day because we (pensioners) have been pleading for the cause of the pensioners like Ubani earlier said, the governor earlier approved for the pensions and gratuity to be paid but was stopped in November, 2016.
So, the governor by his pronouncement today that the retirees be included in the pension scheme for the state, they will now receive their pension as at when due. So many has died owing to the pains accruing from the long over wait of their entitlements.
Although the present administration of the corporation is doing his best but another thing the retirees are looking forward to is to be taking their leave allowances”.
Continuing, she further stated, “when we were here, we were printing daily but now due to the conditions of the machine which the MD mentioned earlier that they are dilapidated and cannot serve such purpose but that is what the plea is all about-that the printing press be returned to its glory. It used to be a glorious place”.
On the existing relationship between the present management of the ANPC and the retirees, she stated, “being a media house, we will maintain a cordial relationship but we do know that when it involves money, especially the leave allowances that is yet to be paid,
which sends pains and cold shivers to the bodies of the retirees such things might not augur for the best relationship but we know that as soon as he is able to do that, he will take care of those things.
So far so good, there is no problem as you did witness the lively mood of the retirees as the Commissioner of information. Adinuba had to bring the governor right over to speak with them. It portrayed the governor as a pensioner- friendly one”.