Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ebonyi State, Moses Nome has been relieved of his appointment by State Governor, David Umahi.
Though Umahi did not give any reason for the sack, he told members of the State Executive Council and top government functionaries during a visit by a United Nations International Development Organistion (UNIDO) delegation that the decision was taken in the best interest of the state.
“He is still one of us and my friend, so you should not worry about him,” he said.
He told the UNIDO team that his government was interested in the proposed agricultural—integrated industrial park project being handled by the UN agency.
“We are interested in the agricultural—integrated industrial park project which we seek to be established in the three senatorial zones of the state to empower our people.We are targeting 100 Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) in each of the parks to complement the 50-hectre industrial parks we are constructing in the three zones,” the governor said.
On his part, the UNIDO Country Representative, Mr Bakole Jean expressed his organisation’s commitment towards the economic and social well-being of people in the state.
“We want to prove through our numerous projects that we are on ground in Ebonyi and desirous of enhancing the economic and social wellbeing of its people. We are engaged in rice milling activities, energy generation, establishment of agriculture–facility centres, cluster development approaches among other projects and initiatives,” he said.
He added that the 1.5 megawatt biomass plant in the state had boosted the agro-processing initiatives and agricultural value chain programmes among others.