Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Head of Service of the Anambra State Civil Service, Barr. Harry Uduh, says that the state government remains committed to the war against the dreaded coronavirus.
Uduh observed that in spite of the remonstrations and effects of the sit-at-home order and other restrictions introduced to contain the pandemic, governnent’s efforts are commendable especially with the establishment of isolation centres, distribution of palliatives to vulnerable groups as well as other proactive measures taken to reduce the burden of the compulsory sit-at-home order on the people.
The Head of Service who made his opinion known during an interview, explained that although the citizens may be going through difficult times especially as governnent implemented total lockdown of activities, governnent directives on prevention of the COVID-19 were to protect the people and save lives.
He however urged the citizenry especially workers of the state civil service to find solace in the resolutions of the state government concerning the fight against the global viral infection even as he also appealed to them to continue to observe COVID19 preventive measures such as social distancing, hand washing, sanitisation of hands regularly, use of nose-masks and most importantly the need to stay at home during this period to avoid further spread of the virus in the state.
According to him, government is aware of the difficulties the stay-at-home directive posed on households but also emphasized that the pandemic is such that would fizzle out with time.
Uduh further explained that it was for the envisaged hardship that prompted the state government to embark on palliative programmes where it distributed relief materials to the indigents and vulnerable persons to alleviate the sufferings posed on them by the total lockdown order.
He therefore commended Governor Willie Obiano for being sensitive to the plight of the people while appreciating workers on essential duties, saying that they were at the war front fighting the battle against the contagious coronavirus.
“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,” he said, adding that there was need for civil servants to also join the campaign on best practices expected of the citizens during this public health challenges.
He said workers have no reasons to express fear over payment of their salaries during this coronavirus sit-at-home period because he believes that the governor will not fail workers, noting that he didn’t fail them during economic recession .
“I don’t see the government falling short of expectations because if the governor could give out palliatives to those not serving under him, how much more those serving in his government”. Udu said.
The Head of Service therefore reiterated his call on the citizenry to remain steadfast and supportive of government decisions to win the war against Covid19 pandemic while emphasizing the need to comply with all governnent directives to stay safe as well as self-isolate oneself from the Covid19 virus.