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Elechi urges NGOs, others to partner Ebonyi on economic growth

By From Leo Sobechi, Abakaliki   |   11 May 2010   |   1:28 pm  
GOVERNOR Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has challenged individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to seek ways of partnering with the state government in the area of economic empowerment for its rural dwellers and infrastructural provision.

He stressed that the vagaries of economic downturn in the world has made it impossible for government to shoulder development challenges alone.

Elechi threw the challenge at Item Amagu, Ikwo Council of the state during the commissioning of 15 two-bedroom apartments built for widows, five culverts and electricity projects constructed by an Abakaliki-based NGO.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Chigozie Nkwo Ogbu, also praised the foundation for the award of scholarships to about 41 undergraduates. He argued that with more of such private sector participation in the improvement of the welfare of the masses across the country, the poor would begin to enjoy greater sense of wellbeing and recognition.

According to Elechi, the construction of over five culverts, an electricity project, two-bedroom apartments for over 15 indigent widows, foundation stone for a church by President of Chiboy Foundation, Chinedu Ogah, shows that the private sector was favourably disposed to collaborating with the state government in its avowed determination to develop the state.

He added: “This collaboration had become most pertinent due to the government’s resolve to economically and infrastructurally transform the state despite its meagre resources”.

While extolling the vision of the President of Chiboy Foundation, Elechi stressed that the involvement of the likes of Ogah, who is a youth in the development of the state, was evident that the future of the state is guaranteed.

He pointed out that the gesture represented a sharp departure from the negative attitude usually associated with young people.

He observed with relief that “instead of engaging in destructive acts like thuggery, armed robbery, kidnapping and such vices, Ogah has led the way in the urgent need for a change in youths attitude”, which he noted, is in line with the attitudinal change policy of the state government.

The governor also assured that his administration would continue to assist and support other private individuals and organisations like Chiboy Foundations that wish to uplift the state to realise its objectives.



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