Umahi: Ebonyi Gov reveals upcoming recruitment of 5,000 staff in Jan 2022

Umahi: Ebonyi Gov reveals upcoming recruitment of 5,000 staff in Jan 2022

The Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi on Friday, October 1, said it would employ no fewer than 5,000 persons into its workforce and also empower at least 3,000 before January 2022.

Umahi said this at a news conference in Abakaliki, organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state.

Ebonyi was created on Oct. 1, 1996, by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

Umahi expressed satisfaction that at 25, the state had become a reference point in virtually all the sectors, especially road infrastructure.

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“Oct. 1 marks an important milestone in our march towards the attainment of the aspirations of the founding fathers, who fought for the creation of Ebonyi and attainment of Nigeria’s independence.

“Our nation and Ebonyi have been going through challenges; especially the scourge of insecurity that has eaten deep into the fabrics of our economy.

“We have spared no efforts in rising to the challenge of building firmly and decisively on the achievements made in the last six years in the state,” he said.

On agriculture, the governor said the state had upgraded its fertilizer blending plant to 80 metric tonnes capacity per hour.

According to him, the upgrade was to address the fertilizer needs of the people.

“We have reactivated the state government’s rice milling plants; and also installed the parboiling plants to make the state the biggest rice milling hub in Nigeria.

“We have the industrial clusters in each of the three senatorial districts that will create opportunities for businesses,” the governor said.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has again blamed middlemen for the hike in the prices of food items.

Buhari said middlemen are responsible for food shortages on Friday, October 1; during his nationwide address to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.

The president said middlemen have created “artificial shortages”; through the hoarding of essential commodities for profiteering.

Buhari said the agricultural sector remains the key to the country’s economic diversification; adding that agriculture is a consistent driver of the non-oil sector.

“The agricultural sector remains key to our economic diversification efforts; as the sector has been a consistent driver of the non-oil sector contributing 22.35% and 23.78% to the overall GDP; in the first and second quarter of 2021,” the president said.

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