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By Mazi Odera

Governor Peter Obi said members of the Nigeria Civil War Veterans deserved improved welfare and empowerment. Speaking at a mass at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu, yesterday, Governor Obi said that those who sacrificed for the collective welfare of the country should be adequately appreciated.

The Governor recalled that the war veterans served the society selflessly to protect the unity and future of the country and should not be abandoned at their old age.

He explained that his administration has continued to place the welfare of pensioners and the elderly as top priority and seeking legal framework in the State House of Assembly to pay monthly allowance to all elderly persons above 75 who are not pensioners nor have dependents across Anambra State.

Governor Obi also presented N1.6 million naira transport allowance to veterans who were present in the Church, assured that all promises made to them will be fulfilled while he will make all necessary representations to the Federal Government to ensure that they receive all their entitlements.

The Governor called for constructive criticisms to encourage those in position of authority to use public resources to serve the people better.

The National Secretary of the Association, Retired Colonel Ray Nnaji said Governor Obi and Governor Sullivan Chime were the Governors that demonstrated commitment and interest in their welfare since 2001 when they commenced the struggle for their entitlement. He called on other South-East Governors to emulate Governor Obi and team up to pursue their welfare as was done by Northern Governors.

Also speaking, the Enugu State Chairman of the Association Reverend Anthony Aniele said Governor Obi was God sent who had continued to work relentlessly to improve the life of the people.