By Tony Okechukwu
It was to a joyous audience that Mr. Harry Udu, Head of Service in Anambra, disclosed during the dedication of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Agu-Awka, Awka on Sunday that the State Governor, Willie Obiano, had approved the payment of salaries and allowances to civil servants in the State before Christmas.
This, he said, was to ensure that workers in the State happily celebrate the Christmas and New Year.
Udu also informed that government would also embark on massive road repairs across the State now that the rains were over.
“The Governor has the interest of the masses at heart, that is why he made it a priority that the State is safe, security wise. And with the rains over, there will be increased activities on road repairs”.
“And for the workers, the important news is that the Governor has authorised the payment of all their entitlements by December 15 and a schedule had been prepared for that purpose”.
“It contains when November salary will be paid; when leave allowances will be paid; and when December salary will be paid, all on or before December 15. This is to ensure that we celebrate Christmas in a very stress-free manner as usual”, Udo told newsmen.
In his homily, Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Awka Catholic Diocese, urged Catholic faithfuls to embrace the sacraments of reconciliation and holy communion.
The Bishop said that sin remained a huge luggage in the life of every Christian, saying, “Christians should be prayerful at all times”.
He said that it was only through constant prayers and meditation that humans would know the mind of God and live according to His purpose.
Ezeokafor called on Christians to contribute their God-given talents towards the propagation of the gospel.
[1:38 PM, 11/11/2019] +234 805 996 8415: Obaseki felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Maulud
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged Muslims to emulate the good morals and teachings of tolerance of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W).
In a statement, Obaseki urged Muslim faithfuls to continue to show love and good neighbourliness espoused in Islam, as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W).
He urged them to commit themselves to the teachings of the prophet, not just as a matter of religious obligation, but a means to promote peaceful living in a multicultural society.
According to Obaseki, “I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Edo State and across Nigeria, on this day, set aside to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W)”.
He added, “This occasion, once again, reminds us all of the virtues of the Prophet, which we should emulate in advancing love, peace and progress of the State and country. Muslims constitute a major force for peace and progress wherever they may be, and we are glad that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been an integral part of our march to development in Edo State”.
He encouraged Muslims to continue to eschew acts and behaviours that undermine the unity and progress of the society, just as the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) would, urging them to be good neighbours and enviable ambassadors of change.
The Governor, however, expressed appreciation to Muslims for supporting his administration’s policies and programmes aimed at building a total society in Edo.