…As Hon. Uchenna Orji resumes office following reappointment
…Marshals out programmes for next 4yrs
By Angela Nwaeze Mbaocha
Ebonyi State Government has stated its resolve to clampdown on fake empowerment organizations and groups.
This was revealed by the commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Hon. Orji Uchenna Orji, during his takeover event at the ministry on August 14, 2019.
The Permanent Secretary designate of the Ministry, Mr. Enyinnaya Oko Egwu, who handed over to the commissioner, assured him of their loyalty and corporation as he discharges his duties as the commissioner.
He described the governor as a human developer which is why in all areas of development he has done well, especially in human capital development.
Shortly after he was handed over to, Hon. Orji enumerated the ministry’s agenda for the next four years.
He appreciated Gov. David Umahi, for finding him worthy of a reappointment. He also didn’t forget to appreciate the wife of the governor, Chief Mrs. Rachel Umahi, who according to him has continued to show him motherly love.
Orji said that their mandate as a ministry has continued to change from Department to fully fledged ministry.
Speaking on the efficacy of his ministry, he noted that, “human development is about increasing ability, skills and capacity, increasing your creative ability, self discipline, self worth, responsibility and material well being. Human beings are at the epicenter of development. It implies mental, moral, ethical, financial sophistication.
“Acquisition of this kind of development will catapult the society to the frontiers of genuine development and thus explode the shells of backwardness”.
The commissioner reiterated that the dimensions of the ministry in the next four years include; mental and financial empowerment/ technical training, improvement in people’s health life and extending their active life through a system of universal health checks, nutrition, particularly of pupils so as to develop their thinking faculties or brains, and employment opportunities for employable youths and women.
Orji said the ministry will aggressively embark on human development through entrepreneurship and Industrialization, and would work with CBN, BoI, NIRSAC, World Bank, Development Partners, African Development Banks and Commercial Banks to harness all the windows of opportunities for human empowerment, as well as engage private sector enterprises especially in getting them to empower Ebonyi people.
Other programmes are aggressive documentation/data capturing of artisans, technicians. Craftsmen, poultry/fishery farmers, and those who want to go into MSMEs.
“We shall drive the 2019 budget with passion and develop strategies and implementation plans for the empowerment of 100 youths/women with not less than one million naira each to go into MSMEs.
“Government intends to empower five fish farmers and five poultry farmers per ward and a consultant shall be raised to assist us in this regard.
“We shall further drive the Ebonyi State Stimulus Development Project (EB-SDP), to ensure that not less than 10 people per ward are empowered through this project. Note that the programme is in progress.
“We shall develop our Hall of Fame Programme and make it a model for Africa. We shall aggressively pursue our monitoring and evaluation principles to ensure the objectives of government are achieved. We shall track all job opportunities at the federal level and institutions and ensure that Ebonyi people are not shortchanged in the available employment opportunities. We shall keep a data bank of employable youths/women in Ebonyi State.
“This ministry shall develop a programme on Nutrition and Health that will add impetus to the Human Capital Development Initiative of Government, and Constitute Task force on Economic Empowerment Beneficiaries Association (GUMEBA), to serve our government better.
“We shall aggressively crackdown on fake empowerment organizations/groups. God willing, the ministry will be the economic hub of the state” he maintained.
Meanwhile, the handover began with a mass by Rev. Kenneth Nome of St John Parish Okpaugwu.