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Anyaoku urges FG, states to tackle unemployment, hunger through agric

By Nnamdi Akpa Abakaliki
17 March 2017   |   4:25 am
Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku yesterday urged Federal and state governments to tackle unemployment and hunger through strategic agricultural programmes.

Emeka Anyaoku

Tasks Ebonyi on NigerCem revival
Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku yesterday urged Federal and state governments to tackle unemployment and hunger through strategic agricultural programmes.

Anyaoku made the statement in Abakaliki during the 7th edition of an annual lecture series organised by Youth Affairs International (YaI), in his honour at the International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

According to him, only strategic agricultural programmes will move the country out of recession.

He also urged Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi to extend his developmental effort in resuscitating the first Nigeria cement factory, NigerCem, located at Nkalagu in Ishielu Local Council of the state.

He commended Umahi for graciously accepting to host this year’s edition of the lecture series.

Ebonyi State governor, represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwegu, informed Anyaoku that the state government was doing everything possible to revitalise NigerCem factory, adding that the firm has been handed over to Ibeto Cement Company to resuscitate.

The governor, who said his administration had begun the construction of the road leading to the factory, expressed optimism that Ibeto Cement factory would bring the NigerCem factory to life any time soon.

The governor said his government was not relenting in ensuring that agriculture became the mainstay of the state’s economy especially in the area of rice production and assured the youths of his government preparedness to secure their future.

The keynote speaker, Professor Egwu U. Egwu in his lecture titled, “Agriculture and Good Governance; Securing Our Future,” said there was need for government at all levels to tackle the current globalisation of unemployment and hunger through robust agricultural programmes.