By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki
CONTRARY to insinuations in some quarters, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has made it clear that he doesn’t have any issue with the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
Umahi stated this when he received the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uche Ogah at the new Government House, Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki.
“I never had an issue with Dr Onu. I never had any issue with him for once. Some people have so bastardized news that people are no longer interested in. When I left the PDP, I said we have been so unfairly treated because the Development of individuals is not Development of the region”
The Governor thanked the Federal Government for the choice of Ebonyi State for the siting of the Artisanal Small Scale Mineral processing Centre in Ebonyi State adding that the development in the State was a product of the President’s numerous interventions.
“I can say that in all, you are a success, yet you are a humble person. You are a man of content and character. I will always tell the people if you want to be successful, you have to be humble. The development we have here in Ebonyi State is as a result of interventions by Mr President”
Governor Umahi while debunking any rift with the Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu as reported in some sections of the media expressed commitments to partner Federal Government to achieve its target in the State.
The Minister’s courtesy visit preceded the handing over and taking over of the landed property donated by Ebonyi State Government for the establishment of a Solid Minerals processing plant for the South East Zone at Egu-Ogwu village, Uburu, Ebonyi State.
The Minister while thanking the State Government for donating the land debunked the allegations that he boycotted the exercise the previous week due to Governor’s disagreement with Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and blamed his inability to perform the exercise as earlier scheduled on flight challenges.
“I can tell you, without your support, most of the projects done in the southeast wouldn’t have been possible”
While expressing hope that the establishment when fully operational would bring about efficiency in mining and mineral processing operations in the country, the Minister appealed to the State Government to strengthen their partnerships to ensure the realization of the targets.