Umahi Seeks NIS Intervention to Advance Agricultural Practice in Ebonyi
Following the fast dwindling and close to the non-profitable Federal allocation from oil today, Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has sought a credible means to oil providence through his step forward in advancing agricultural practice with the funding coming from the Nigerian Sovereign Investment.
Governor Umahi has paid a visit to the office of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment, Abuja to seek possible partnership with Ebonyi State Government to further advance and drive the agricultural policy of his administration.
While speaking during the meeting in office of the Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment, Umahi said, he was in the office to seek for funds for Agriculture, skill acquisition centre and special vocational schools.
He maintained that in the face of the near-dried oil based economy in the country, the only way to survive the fast growing challenge is for everybody to go into agriculture and other skill based activities that will boost Nigerian economy.
He commended Nigerian Sovereign Investment for their dedication to driving the vision of the present administration in the area of agriculture as he further disclosed that his administration had since inception adopted workable and practical based agricultural policy which in his words has change the fortune of the state that still remains one of the least in terms of Federal allocation.
He noted that with salient economic bottlenecks staring the state in the face as a result of merger allocation from the Centre, the only way to survive was to maximize the agrarian nature of Ebonyi soil to go into full scale agriculture, hence the need to source for more funding from the agency.
He equally said that his administration through skill acquisition has trained over 6000 Ebonyians both male and female in various areas of economy to be self reliant and called on the Nigerian Sovereign Investment to graciously partner with the state government in terms of funding as a take-off grant to enable the beneficiaries go into full scale production in various skills learnt.
Governor Umahi who announced that currently; over 3000 women are being trained on various skill acquisition through the office of the First Lady also solicited for funds to enable the state government to augment start-up funds for the participants.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Nigerian Sovereign Investment, Mr. Uche Orji commended Governor Umahi for his laudable achievements in the state which he described as magical.
He said the agency is always willing to partner with states and relevant bodies that show genuine interest in lifting their people from poverty through agriculture and skill acquisition.
The managing director, the agency will ever be ready to partner with Ebonyi State government in the areas of agriculture and skill acquisition to help the state government drive her vision of agricultural revival, pointing that since the state is already going on in the state through the popular agricultural policy of one man one hectare.