VP Osibanjo Lauds Gov Umahi's Infrastructural Strides In Ebonyi

By Celestine Okeh

Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Abakaliki poured econmium on Ebonyi state Governor, Engr David Umahi for his Infrastructural Development in the state.

Osinbajo said, the infrastructural strides in the state had enhanced the wellbeing of the people of the state and called for its sustenance.

The Nigeria Vice President who was in the state for the closing session of the 21st edition of the Joint Planning Board and the National Council on Development Planning meeting which began on April 6, urged the three tiers of government to sustain the existing synergy between them to enhance national economy.

The vice-president said that such synergy would assist in surmounting challenges hindering economic enhancement.

“These challenges include corruption, recovery from the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic effects of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

“The invasion has led to price and supply shocks in the food and fuel markets and we should collectively brace for its inevitable economic challenges,’’ he said.

The vice-president commended Ebonyi state Government for Successful hosting and thanked the National Council on Development Planning for sustaining the meeting, noting that it remained an important platform to set the tone for the nation’s economic recovery.

“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly believes that national councils such as this play an important role in boosting economic and related cooperation between states.

“This ensures better coordination of economic policies to ensure poverty reduction and sustainable economic development,’’ he stressed.

In his remarks, Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi thanked the vice-president for the visit and the National Council on Development Planning for choosing Ebonyi to host the meeting.

“I  specifically commend the vice-president for his commitment and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and their doggedness in confronting the nation’s daily challenges.

“The challenges facing the country are not peculiar but global with the country only having its fair share of such challenges.

“I believe strongly that with God, patriotism and commitment, the efforts of both leaders would see us through the challenges,’’ Gov. Umahi said.

The governor advised Nigerians that the call for states and local government councils to control Value Added Tax was an invitation to anarchy as it should be left for the Federal Government to control.

Also addressing the close of the meeting, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, noted that recommendations from the meeting would enhance development planning.

Vice President Osibanjo used the visit to Commission some landmark projects executed by Governor David Umahi's administration which include, Dr Sam Egwu Twin flyover bridge, Mohammed Buhari turnel, Ugwu echare dual carriage road, Abakaliki/Afikpo dual carriage way among others. 

The project commissioning will continue on Saturday.

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