Ebonyi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Moses Ogodoali Nomeh, has disclosed why the state government has not disbursed the 2 billion naira workers’ agric loan which has been released since last year.
Hon. Nomeh in an interview with newsmen recently, stated that the ministry was yet to disburse the loan to Ebonyi workers because it was not yet farming season.
He maintained that the loan will be made available to Ebonyi workers this February as farming season will soon commence.
He reiterated that the loan has not being disbursed before now because the government does not want workers to misuse it.
“Remember, agric loan is made available at the farming season, we have not given out the 2 billion naira workers’ loan because the time for farming has not come. We are not giving the loan for them to go and buy human hair or marry new wives, plait their hairs or buy suites to look better.
“Our duty is to teach them the best practices in Agriculture. We are assuring Ebonyians even the civil servants that anybody that has applied for loan will get it and it will multiply. For instance, if you applied for 300 thousand naira loan from us, we will give you an idea that will help you multiply that three hundred thousand naira to nine hundred thousand naira, Nome assured”.
He further disclosed that within the next six months the Governor’s lodge farm will be filled with different agricultural crops, adding that his Ministry will teach workers how to grow Cucumber, Tomatoes, Okra and other crops
“In the next six months everything you want in Agriculture you will see it here… We will teach people how to plant crops like cucumber, tomatoes, okra and things like that, he assured.
On her part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Rita Mary Okoro, also disclosed that the ministry has kicked off with the proposed Agricultural Vocational Center.
Dr. Rita said that though summer lessons are yet to begin, they have started orientation classes and that they will be taking off with 120 students on various course depending on their categories.
She noted; “We have taken off. We started on the 6th of January, we are having orientation now. Summer classes will begin the upper week. We are taking off with 120 students and the courses varied depending on their qualifications.
“We have three categories of intake. We have the Non certificate holding people, the WAEC holders and graduates. The courses will vary depending on the category each student falls into and their areas of choice. We have livestock, we have crop, and we also have courses on ethics and craftsmanship and ICT, value addition to include storage and preservation”.
She stated that they have made adequate arrangements for certificates to be awarded to the students at the completion of their training as they are partnering with some certificate awarding institutions.