Anambra Government Declares Health Workers Recruitment Open To Nigerians

By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka

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Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike has emphasized that the ongoing recruitment of Primary Health Workers in the state is for qualified Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe.

Dr. Obidike stated this during a press briefing at the State Ministry of Health, Awka, the state capital.

He regretted that the first advertisement which stated that the ongoing recruitment is for indigenes of the state does not reflect the views of the current administration thus the need to correct the wrong impression circulating in the media as a result of the misleading advert.

The Commissioner reiterated that the advert for health care workers in the state goes against the vision, mission and manifesto of Governor Charles Soludo, noting that the governor is fully committed to fostering unity, peace and inclusivity in the state regardless of tribe, state or ethnicity.

He explained that the Anambra State Government believes in meritocracy, dedicated to employing the best hands to ensure effective service delivery to all citizens.

According to him, “The governor made it clear to us that competence, experience and dedication are the key criteria for employment in the state.”

The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Pharmacist Chisom Uchem apologized to the public on behalf of the agency, for the recent publication of a vacancy advertisement that incorrectly specified a preference for applicants of Anambra State origin for positions in the Agency.

She expressed understanding of the gravity of the mistake and recognition that the mistake reflects poor judgement which is in contradiction to the non-discriminatory attribute of the State government.

According to Uchem, “The publication conveyed an untrue impression of discrimination in public appointments, a sentiment that negates the principles and values upheld under Soludo’s administration.”

She stated that Governor Soludo’s appointments are merit-based and a fair treatment of all citizens irrespective of their state, tribe, religion or sectional affiliations recalling the recent recruitment of 5000 teachers on merit.

She pledged her commitment to uphold the shared visions of progress and inclusivity in the State.

Pharm. Uchem maintained that she has taken immediate steps to rectify the oversight and to ensure that such errors are not repeated in the future.

During the briefing, Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Aburime, was present.


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