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Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has resolved to donate his salaries to the less privileged members of the society in the state.
Obiano said in Awka on Monday that he had sent a written instruction to his Principal Secretary, Mr Willie Nwokoye, to implement his wish with immediate effect.
“I have been donating it to the church since I became a governor,” he said according to the News Agency Of Nigeria reports.
He said that giving help to the less privileged in the society, through properly structured charity organisations, would make for more impact.
“After spending many fruitful years in leadership positions in the private sector, I earn enough pensions to sustain the needs of my modest family.
“So, I felt that my salary will be more useful if it puts a smile on the faces of some underprivileged members of society to whom the smallest amount of money will make a huge difference.’’
The governor added that he and his wife had always been deeply involved in charity and philanthropic activities, long before they went into public life.
He said that his administration had always carved out a place for the underprivileged members of the society.
The governor said that they had always award scholarships to physically challenged students in the state and set up rehabilitation centre for the destitute.
“We have picked up many destitute, including mentally challenged people whom we reunited with their families after healing and rehabilitating them.
“We shall continue to lend a helping hand to people in need as long as the Lord provides us with the resources and the good health to remember our obligations to Him,” he said.
Barely a week ago, Obiano and his wife handed out 200 prosthetic limbs to physically challenged people.
The gesture, he said, was in continuation of his elaborate effort to give meaning to the lives of the needy Nigerians.