Enugu starts New Year with prayers, reassures workers on welfare
January 4, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has reassured civil servants in the State that payment of their salaries and entitlements will continue to receive priority attention in the new year.

Governor Nnamani gave the assurance while addressing civil and public servants during an inter-denominational open-air prayers at the Government House to mark the commencement of government activities in the New Year in the state.

The Governor commended workers of the state for their commitment and cooperation and also assured that no worker would lose his/her job this year.

He attributed all the successes made by his administration in the state since inception to the handiwork of God and praised the church for its support and prayers over the years.

The state Chief Executive used the occasion to thank the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, for his advice and contributions of his church in the areas of health, education and other social services in the state.

The Governor therefore pledged his government's determination to continue to partner with the church in the provision of social services to the people.

Governor Nnamani announced that government had provided a site within the Government House for the building of a chapel, adding that work would commence on the site soon and to be completed before the end of the tenure.

In his annual prayer message, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Chukwuma, called on workers in the state to continue to be more focused and guard against all forms of distractions in the discharge of their official duties.

Bishop Chukwuma reminded the workers that one day, they would give account of their activities on earth before God and therefore, they must do all that is right, to be honest and truthful in their services to God and mankind.

The man of God noted with satisfaction the cordial relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the state and praised the Governor for his outstanding achievements in the state.

He said that the open air prayer was organized to rededicate Enugu State to God, pray for peace, protection and progress of the State and her people throughout the year 2006.

The Bishop described the year 2006 as a year of actualization and realization of hope in the state and called on the people to repent from their evil ways and trust in the ultimate power of God.

He specifically prayed for peace, justice and fairness in the state and Nigeria in general, adding that all should cooperate with the leaders to make things better in the country.

Governor Nnamani read the first lesson while his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, read the second lesson at a programme attended by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abel Chukwu, Members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials.


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