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Ebonyi governor suspends commissioner for alleged insubordination, dereliction of duty



FG trains yam farmers on new production technique

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, yesterday, suspended the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Clement Nweke, over alleged insubordination and dereliction of duty.


Nweke’s suspension was announced in a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr. Kenneth Igwe in Abakaliki, the state capital.

According to the statement, Umahi approved the indefinite suspension.

“Consequently, Nweke is directed to hand over all governmental property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary or the most senior officer in the ministry before the close of work on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Nweke should ensure strict compliance with the directive,” the statement added.
MEANWHILE, the Federal Government has trained 20 yam farmers in Ebonyi on a new production technique tagged: The Sackbag yam production.


The training was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Abakaliki with farmers drawn from the 13 councils of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other key stakeholders in agriculture attended the training, as the minister, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, noted that the innovation was aimed at promoting all-year-round yam production to ensure food security in the country.

He said the training would equip the farmers with the relevant skills to enhance yam production through the use of innovation.


The minister, who was represented by a director in the ministry in charge of Ebonyi office, Chief William Obasi, said that the farmers were selected for the training due to their contribution to food production in the state and the entire country.

Nanono added that the trainees would step down the training to the grassroots level.

“You are selected to be apostles of the new technology where we grow yams in bags, every farmer, everybody, even if you are landless, you will have an opportunity to grow yam in your compound if it is properly ventilated.


“We are here to train our yam farmers in Ebonyi on this new innovation to make yam farming a better business. We want to make food available for our population and reduce food insecurity. We want to engage our farmers and youths positively through the training,’’ he said.

He urged them to make judicious use of the knowledge received from the training and retrain others, just as he enjoined the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to address food insufficiency and food insecurity in the country.

Earlier, a director in the ministry, Mrs. Karim Babangida, noted that food security was the most important form of guaranteeing the sovereignty of a state.

Babangida, who was represented by Dr. Perpetua Iyere-Usiahon, said guaranteeing food security also required the security of farmers, who were responsible for feeding the over 200 million Nigerians.


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