By Angela Nwaeze
Chief Cletus Ibeto, the owner of Ibeto group of companies has endorsed Governor David Umahi, of Ebonyi State for 2023 Presidency.
He bared his mind on the issue of who takes over from President Buhari on Saturday while receiving honorary award from Ebonyi state University (EBSU), Abakaliki, during its 7-11th convocation.
The business mogul in south east, said Gov. Umahi has what it takes to drive Nigeria to greater heights.
He said the governor has proven himself as a man of integrity and one who has the passion to deliver his people, adding that he has changed Ebonyi from a backward state to one of the states to reckon with.
He said the governor has delivered on his campaign promises in Ebonyi State and would do same if elected as President of Nigeria, adding that he was happy to be associated with Umahi.
Ibeto further enumerated the achievements of the governor in different sectors which include agriculture, education infrastructure among others.
He added: “Anybody visiting Ebonyi state now will be amazed and full of wonder and admiration for what Your Excellency have turned this state into in just a few years. I am proud to be associated with you.
“Governor Umahi has initiated the use of cement in road construction, producing concrete roadways that would last a very long time and will be less difficult and less expensive to maintain. Over 300km of such concrete roads have been built.
“He has paid civil servants their salaries and allowances regularly. He has moved Ebonyi to become the rice basin of Nigeria. He has given education deserved special attention and this has resulted in unprecedented sharp increases in undergraduate enrollment in universities. He has moved Ebonyi state into the enviable position as the fastest growing state economy in Nigeria.
“Notwithstanding the fact that I am not a prophet, I am inspired to predict that, based on your records of service in our state, when the question “who shall we send, and, who will go for us?’ comes up, your name will ring forth for recognition and very serious consideration”.
The business mogul revealed that his business group, Ibeto group will soon roll out Ibeto Portland cement in NIGERCEM factory in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state and that 5,000 jobs would be generated directly and indirectly for the youths of the state.