… Says Bureau has not released any statistics about poverty index since 2015 till date

Hon. Uchenna Orji

Ebonyi state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, has described as fallacious a recent report credited to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which rated Ebonyi as the 7th poorest state in Nigeria in 2019.

He averred that the Bureau has never released any statistics about poverty index or human capital development index concerning any State of the Federation since 2015 till date.

Orji in a press statement, said the report in its entirety was fraudulent, and malicious, stressing that it was a deliberate move to brainwash members of the public and distract them from the actual impact of the achievements of Gov. Nweze Umahi in the state.

“As a Ministry saddled with the mandate of informative engagement of stakeholders on policy impacts of state government projects and Programmes, we hold that the report is non-existent, ill-conceived and illogically concocted to deceive members of the public as it has no traces with nor contemplations by any official or institution of the National Bureau of Statistics.

“The Bureau has never released any statistics about poverty index or human capital development index concerning any State of the Federation since 2015 till date.

“Their contacts are not hidden, please log on to www.nigerianstat.gov.ng or make inquiry at Plot 762 Independence Avenue, Central Business District, FCT, Abuja, you will pity the detractors.

“We speak authoritatively that should the National Bureau of Statistics( NBS), conduct a nation wide economic impact analysis by state jurisdictions, Ebonyi State shall be their model of good governance and economic development in Nigeria, as already proclaimed by different internationally acclaimed Leadership Performance Assessment Organizations like the Business Day Media LTD.

“The Business Day Media LTD, looked at the monumental transformation and extra- ordinary leadership ability in Ebonyi State under the Umahi’s administration and gave him the 2019 State Competitiveness and Good Governance Award as the Overall Best Governor of the year.

“It is ridiculous that these online busy bodies went ahead to claim that they referred to a data from National Bureau of Statistics, using infrastructural development, State economy, literacy level, security and governance indicators, to compile the list of the poorest states.

“This unintelligent analytical voyage exposes, the moral deficits and intellectual hollowness of the makers of this fake report. I say this because they referred to economic indicators that are the mainstay of the performance of the Governor Umahi administration since 2015.

“Let me inform the detractors that the testimony of the socio- economic transformation of Ebonyi State by the Umahi’s administration has reached unstoppable dimension. The voice of the people have spoken and have shared the joy of God’s wonders in Ebonyi State under the instrumental shoulders of His Excellency, Engr. Nweze Umahi,” Orji stated.

The commissioner further urged members of the public to disregard the fake report.

Noting: “We therefore enjoin all who have been fed with this dummy to dismiss the fake report as incredible, irresponsible, without foundation and criminally woven from the pit of hell to desperately twist the immutable facts about the glorious leadership outing of the leader of our state”.

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