Governor David Umahi yesterday said that excess worker in the state civil service would be redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources assuring that their continuity were guaranteed.
Governor Umahi , who stated this during a special colloquium of agric- stake holders , at Akanu Ibiam International Centre, Abakaliki, said the decision is designed to chat a new way forward particularly in the area of rice production.
According to him, the excess workers will work in the agricultural extension programmes where they can practically make their impact felt by reason of their contributions. He also announced that all the schools in the state would have a farm land where they will be engaged in agricultural activities of one form or the other.
He directed that all the land areas not in use at present in the Ebonyi State University, to be converted to farm lands for agricultural purposes.
On training of youths, whom he said are supposed to be the driving force of the proposed agriculture revolution in the state, Governor Umahi said he was not condemning the idea of Eboyians travelling to Songhai for their training, but the new policy directive of his administration is to use the Federal College of Agriculture,Isiagu as a training institution. Ezziloh Farm, he said will be used as the demonstration farm.
He said that fertilizers used in Ebonyi have to be produced in the state. He explained that this has become necessary because some fertilizers cannot be applied in some soils in the state. He warned investors against dealing with individuals when they want to invest in the state.
“Investors must get government approval so that government can give protection to both the community and the investors if there is any misgiving,” he stated. He urged the local government workers to accept the money paid to them as salary contending that his government is unable to provide for the N500 million required every month to be able to pay them what they are demanding.
-Wilfred Chimeremeze, Abakaliki