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Nwobodo Cries Out Over Unpaid Pensions

Posted: Jul 3, 2016 at 6:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu

Former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, has cried out over arrears of pensions owed him, saying he does not deserve such treatment with the enviable legacies he left in office.

Nwobodo said this while presiding over the public presentation of eight books on Catholic Church’s social teachings published by Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace, CIDJAP in Enugu.

Nwobodo, who also represented Enugu East Senatorial District in the National Assembly from 1999 to 2003, was governor of old Anambra State which comprised of the present Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states in the second republic.

Early this year, Nwodobo dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking at the event held at CIDJAP Centre, Ziks Avenue, Enugu, he said that he served creditably and set a standard which has remained incomparable among successive governments in the South East zone of the country.

The former Minister of Youths and Sports however regretted that none of the successive governors in the three states that made up old Anambra State had ever deemed it fit to ask of his pension arrears, in as much as the legacies of his regime are still very glaring in the three states.

He advised  the present  governors of the South East zone to approach governance with a human face since power is transient after which they will turn back to mix with the rest of the society.

The immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, who unveiled the books, said cost of governance is very high in the country and advised that it must be trimmed down drastically.

According to Obi, it has become necessary to reduce the cost of governance for any government in power to make serious headway with delivery of social amenities and other structural projects for the populace.

Making remarks, the new Director of CIDJAP , Rev. Fr. Dr. Anieke Chinedu Odinkemelu, said tht  the organization has impacted  numerous projects in the area of education and child sponsorship/scholarship programme, prison and human rights struggle, primary health care and general health provision.

Other areas the centre made achievements, Odinkemelu said, were housing and community development initiatives, micro-credit and loans facility, democracy monitoring and good governance projects, caritas and social assistance for the indigent and the downtrodden of the society.

He said CIDJAP was also involved  in conflict resolution and peace building, Muslim-Christian dialogue, corporate social responsibility, women and youth’s rights, and HIV/AIDS, touched the lives of millions of people by relentlessly pursuing its tripartite causes of justice, development and peace.

He described the virtues as ideals to which the organization has been committed with focus to serve the needs of the people.