Barrister Orji

Ebonyi state government has revealed that it will allow duly registered empowerment schemes in the state to do their businesses without hitches.

The acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barrister Uchenna Orji, disclosed this shortly after he resumed duty at the ministry on Monday.

One of the schemes that the commissioner was referring to include the “food on the table” empowerment programme.

He pointed out that the ministry will however deal with empowerment schemes that are not duly registered most especially with the ministry.

He said the registration is free except for the payment of taxes when necessary.

Orji maintained he will sustain the fight against Ponzi schemes, just as he did before he was deployed the Information ministry.

While he advised Ebonyi people to stop patronizing Ponzi schemes, stressing that their activities has cost the state over N5 billion, describing such as economic sabotage.

He stated: “The Ponzi scheme operators know there is no compromise on our stand over their operations and that Ebonyi is not a safe haven for them.

“They have known me for my non-compromising spirit and instead of diminishing, I will increase it.”

“Their activities amount to economic sabotage and the people should realise that government’s actions over the issue are in their interest.

“We will continue to screen and allow only the legitimate empowerment schemes to operate in the state as mechanisms have been set in motion to achieve this objective.

“Any individual or group that come to Ebonyi to execute empowerment programmes should consult with the ministry to be adequately screened and documented and this has been approved by the governor.”

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