Awka-In a bid to ensure safety of workers as work resumed, Anambra State Government has begun the distribution of COVID-19 prevention materials to all ministries.
The distribution, which took place at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, witnessed huge turnout of civil servants, especially representatives of various ministries, who were on ground to receive the items.
The state government had directed all Public and Civil Servants to resume duties on May 4.
Head of Service (HOS), Barr. Harry Udu, who personally checked-in workers by taking their temperatures, handed over the materials that include body temperature thermometers and bottles liquid soap.
Others are alcohol-based hand sanitisers, wash hand bowels, 200 litres of tap buckets and standing stools.
Udu urged workers to abide strictly to the health standards outlined by government, so as to stem spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
The HOS emphasised the importance of proper wearing of face masks. “wearing of face masks remains a precondition for gaining access into government offices’’.
The civil service boss noted that the materials would be placed at the entrance of the various public service buildings.
He urged workers to propagate the message of the safety standard measures to the wider audience.
Mr Udu, then, prayed God Almighty to grant the governor more wisdom to continue to make informed decisions that had kept Anambra safe all the while.
Director, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, Mr Adebayo Ojeyinka expressed satisfaction at steps so far taken by government to ensure safety of the workforce.
Ojeyinka enjoined his fellow civil servants to make maximum use of the COVID-19 safety materials provided by the government as well as be more serious in keeping to safety standards.
He noted that timely payment of workers’ salaries would continue to enhance support for the administration. “A win over hunger and hardship is a win over Coronavirus pandemic’’.
Receiving the items, some of the representatives from various ministries in separate remarks praised Anambra Government for steering the state away from the path of danger of COVID-19 pandemic.
Director, Administration Department, Ministry of Finance, Mr Jerome Ilo said the provision of safety items would go a long way in curbing the spread of the virus.
Head, Administration Department, Anambra House of Assembly, Mrs Uzochukwu Onuorah said with such proactive measures, Anambra would continue to be free of Coronavirus pandemic.
She notes: “Government has played its role and what is left is for the workers to play theirs’’.
Senior Executive officer, General Duties, Ministry of Justice, Mr Valentine Chukwuka and the Store Officer, Ministry of Education, Mrs Bibian Onwuji said they were excited at the entire exercise.
The duo on behalf of other civil servants pledged their continued allegiance to the administration, noting that workers would reciprocate the enormous love showered on them.
Source: Anambra State Government