By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIÂ – Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi state has pledged assistance to the youths of the state who take agriculture seriously as means of self employment, stating that he dislikes situations where university graduates wait endlessly to be employed by the government even when their fields of studies were not immediately required for employment.
Governor Elechi spoke in Abakaliki when he commissioned a multi-million naira Chiboy Integrated Agricultural Farms limited. The Chiboy farm is a training centre with various divisions including, aquaculture and fishery, grass cutter, snail and rice farming, cassava and maize production.
He explained that his administration has invested heavily in agriculture by training of youths abroad, subsidizing farm implements among other incentives. The Governor lauded the Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Chinedu Ogah for his vision pointing out that he had by the venture created jobs for a good number of people in the state.
â€œI will as far as is within my powers assist you, I won’t let you down, we shall look at the specifics as to where we can come in, at worst short bank loan for you because you will use it well, PDP was wise to have elected you the youth leader,â€ Elechi told Ogah.
Ogah who is the state PDP youth leader told the governor that the one year old farm clinched the second position in fish farming competition recently organized by the federal ministry of Agriculture but pointed out that inadequate funds for provision of more modern facilities had been a problem.
â€œMy venture into this is my humble contribution to the efforts of government to boost food production, empower and create employment for the youths, we have trained students from universities and colleges of Education on industrial attachment, 20 student from the Department of Agriculture, Ebonyi state university recently finished the IT in the farm, currently, 30 students from the Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu, Ebonyi state are here on training, 5 others from NDE, 30 others from Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa-Ibom, 15 NYSC members etc,â€ Ogar said.