The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi on Sunday insisted that for Nigerians to survive the economic situations ahead of the country, there must be diversification and stop over dependence on oil as only source of survival.
Governor Umahi in his 2018 New Year message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor and made available to Leadership said Nigeria has lost her major source of survival which was agriculture and had lived on a borrowed rope of petroleum over the years which he said was responsible for the economic crisis faced in the country.
Governor Image said that part of his administration’s target for 2018 was to make agriculture the mainstead in Ebonyi State, adding that with the world tilting towards electronic world, it would soon be impossible for anybody to buy oil.
The statement read “As we graciously and thankfully enter into the new year, 2018, I want to thank God for His love in the past years especially 2017 that just ended with various challenges that faced us as a people. It my earnest desire that we must live beyond oil and dust and fan to flame our agriculture which used to make us thick before the discovery of oil. As it stands now, a day Commeth when there will be no revenue coming from petroleum sector and that is why we in Ebonyi State have started to go back to agriculture evident in our 2018 budget which we tagged Budget of Divine Manifestation. We are giving more attention to the area of agriculture because it is the solution to our impending doom if we refuse to live beyond oil ”
Umahi who prophesied that 2018 could be hard also proffered solution on how to survive in the new year which he said included hard work and dedication to service and urged Nigerians and people of Ebonyi State to show more commitment to their duties.
The Governor further called for prayers that will enthrone peace and unity among all ethnic nationalities and urged Nigerians to believe in their nation and work hard to ensure that there is peace in the country in the new year.
Similarly, The Senator Representing Ebony Central Senatorial zone, Senator Obinna Ogba also in his New Year massage has assured of the determination of the Senate to make laws that would better the lives of Nigeria’s and ensure that the aspirations and dreams of the every Nigerian is actualized.
In a chat with Leadership in Abakaliki, Senator Ogba who is the Senate committee Chairman on sports insisted that Nigeria Super Eagles would do well in the forthcoming World Cup and urged Nigeria’s to pray for the success of the team as they prepare ahead of the tournament.
He urged Ebony people to continue to pray and support the administration of the State Governor, Chief David Image to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people adding that in 2018, more infrastructural transformation would be witnessed in the state as the governor is determined to do more for the people
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