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Osibanjo Commissions Umahi's Mega Project In Ebonyi


Umahi Urges Federal Govt To Revisit Food Scarcity, Taxation Affecting Economic challenges  In Nigeria

By Adaeze Onuora Aroh

Ebonyi State  Governor David Umahi has urged the federal government to revisit the issue of food scarcity and taxation which is now affecting  economic challenges in the country  

 Governor Umahi disclosed this on Friday at Ochudo Centenary city  New Government House Abakaliki, while receiving the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo to Commission his mega Project built in the State 

Umahi also expressed that  taxation should be collected by the federal government to avoid anarchy by the State government while adding that lawmakers should try to revisit the issue  of taxes,  so that vat will be included in the exclusive list

Gov. Umahi, however, commended President Mohamad Buhari and Vice president Osibanjo for their commitment towards coming to commissioning a gigantic project in Ebonyi State. 

Responding the Vice President Prof Yemi Osibanjo said that Government is at a critical time, especially as we  face the challenges of the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is now compounded by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has already led to price and supply shock,  in food scarcity

He said 

"We must brace ourselves to collectively respond to the inevitable economic challenge that will occur and some which are already occurring

"Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the  council, federal ministry of finance, budget and national planning, federal and state

The council on development planning has remained a very important platform for setting the tone of national development. It certainly provides an opportunity for federal and state governments to fathom an active collaboration for the well-being of our people.

"The strategic objective of the national development plan includes establishing a strong foundation for a diversified economy, investing in infrastructure, improving government, and stamping out insecurity. All of which would contribute to achieving our national development aspirations.

Osibanjo further stated that the  implementation of the plan is the crux of the matter and this speaks of the relevance to the theme of the meeting "Good Governance and Institutional Capacity: Pathways to Sustainable National Development

"But the question I am sure some of us asked ourselves is why a country with huge natural and human resources still developed slowly and has a greater number of poverty and another less endowed society or cocountriesithout resources at all like soSouthorea and Singapore. Why do they still perform better than the resourceful country of the world? 

I think most of the surveys conducted show that there is a lack of good governance and weak institutional capacity that largely account for the difference" Osibanjo said.

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