Representative Chimaobi Ebisike has asked the National Assembly to treat the agricultural sector as a special case in the recently presented 2022 budget to give a deserving boost to that important sector.
Ebisike contended in Aba on Monday while declaring open a one-week skill acquisition and entrepreneurial workshop for his constituents that this is the time for Nigeria to diversify its economy to forestall the looming hunger from 2022.
The workshop which cuts across party lines and for both indigenes and non indigenes of Aba North/Aba South federal constituency will focus on poultry farming, aquaculture, horticulture, snail-rearing, beekeeping, mushroom farming and piggery.
His word, “This is the time to go back to agricultural based economy”, even as he used the forum to task the people of his constituents to develop more interest in in various levels farming and make it a way of life.
“I believe that this training is coming at a very appropriate time, having just witnessed various waves of global pandemic and their attendant loss of jobs as well as the close down of many small and medium scale businesses leading to economic crunch and drop in capital income of Nigerians” he added.
Showcasing some his modest achievements in the few months he had served as a member of the National Assembly, the federal lawmaker named the swift rehabilitation and equipping of the Osusu Secondary School, Okigwe Road, Nnentu Primary School and other school as the beginning of the new things to come from him.
According to him, many qualified indigenes of Aba North/ Aba South federal constituency have been offered employment to federal and Abia State establishments since he became a federal legislator in April this year.
He disclosed that he had set up an advisory committee with representatives from every town unions in the state in order to carry along all members of his constituents, adding that the measure is targeted at harmonising interests across all unions in the Aba North/Aba South federal constituency.
In his opening remarks, a former Executive Chairman, Aba South LGA, Chief Okezie Erondu, described the workshop/training programme as the best for this period when the people are in dire need of any available avenue to earn revenue instead of depending of the white collar job.
Some of the participants that included Ngozi Alozie, Eme Chinwenmeri, Deacon Obioma Daniel, Ememobong Ikpe in their appreciation, commended Hon Ebisike for the training and asked him to also invest in other areas of needs.
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