person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder August 11, 2019 11:45:44

By Obianuju Isima/Chioma MaryAnn Chukwuma:

Awka, Aug. 10, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State-sponsored Creche is nearing completion, top Government functionary has said.

Located within the state Government Secretariat, the Anambra State Head of Service (HOS), Barr Harry Udu said the crèche would serve as nursery civil servants that were nursing mothers.

Udu explained in an interview with Information Officers attached to his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka that this had become necessary for them to keep their infants to be cared for while at work.

He said that the crèche was aimed at easing stress off civil servants -- nursing mothers during work hours, especially during this long vacation.

``A little token will be charged the mothers, who will keep their children at the facility.’’

Udu noted that the token amount would help to re-stock consumables regularly for use in the upkeep of children as well as to support improvements in the environment.

``We will redeploy health personnel from the ministry of health and healthcare agencies and teachers for pre-nursery from ministry of education. We shall also provide adequate security there.

``All these personnel will be under the supervision of doctors and nurses from the clinic in the secretariat,’’ Udu said.

The HOS noted that a circular would be passed to all ministries, departments and agencies in respect of who would be in charge of the crèche.

Udu, however, cautioned all nursing mothers that come with their children to the office to ensure that they would not constitute nuisance in the office environment, especially during the ongoing long vacation.

He stressed that they should caution their children not to walk around the office, otherwise they should explore other options to take care of their children.

The options were naturally for them to explore cultural support from extended family members or make other suitable arrangements during holidays on how to take care of their children.

He stressed, ``the options must not be provided by Government’’.

``The provision of child’s rights law in the state has made some of these options to relax a bit, so that attention will be focused on welfare of children and young persons.’’

He emphasised that it was at the discretion of Gov. Willie Obiano that the facility was provided because of his sensitivity to humanity as a father himself.

HOS, then, urged nursing mothers not to abuse the privilege by not allowing their children to distract people in offices.

``That is totally unacceptable and I will not take it from any civil servant.

He, enjoined all civil servants to take their jobs as well as their working environment seriously.

Meanwhile some civil servants have applauded the state government for renovating the secretariat as it has made the facility more worker-friendly.

Fransisca Nwanmuo, a worker said the place is now more comfortable and clean.

``I am happy because the place is now condusive for work as we now enjoy more hours of electricity,’’ added Ada Oraekie, another civil servant in the secretariat.

``When you have a good and clean environment you feel better working as we spend a third of the day in the office.’’ Quipped John Okoli. (MOI)