By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the President on community development Mrs. Chioma Nweze has vowed to partner the south east governors to ensure that all communities in the region are developed and raided of insecurity.
Nweze made this known while speaking with newsmen, shortly after the official handover of agriculturial equipments to IFAD benefitaries that took place at IFAD office located at Onuebonyi, by Sharon junction, Ebonyi state.
According to her: “The President is interested in what happens at the grassroots level. The President has recognized that communities are the strength of the nation. When the people at the communities are strong, that means the government is strong.
“This IFAD program will end in a year plus. We are sure that, with what we are seeing and the positive impact/ benefits, the program will continue and we are going to expand it.
The Senior Special, SSA, Nweze who earlier paid a courtesy visit to Ebonyi State governor, Francis Nwifuru, noted further that: “I also thanked the governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru when I paid him a courtesy visit, because he released hundred million naira to IFAD paying the state counterpart fund. I encourage states to release more fund to IFAD because IFAD is about the people in the grassroots, the communities.
“The benefitaries shouldn’t eat their seed money, there was a time they gave people rice to plant and they ate it. Once you plant, you will reap. The more you plant, the more you reap. The next generation of billionaires are going to be agriculturist. The people that are going to make money in this country are people who take agriculture to the next level.
“The President wants to remove all these beggars from the streets. He wants to remove them, so that we can go into agriculture. If you want to go into fishery, poultry, etc, we are there to help, so that you can be self reliant.
“I’m working with the five governors of the south east, so that we agree on what we are going to do about security in our region. You know, when IPOB started, the former governor started to shout that Ebonyi people shouldn’t join, that we have been marginalized over a long period of time, that we should bend down and develop our state.
“But the thing about life, is that when one hand touches palm oil, it will affect the other hands, you can see that it is affecting all of us. So, I’m working tirelessly with the governors of the south east region to ensure that this menace of insecurity is stopped” she emphasized