FG in­ter­ested in de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers — Ngige

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia

The Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is in­ter­ested in de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to states.

He stated this at the first grad­u­a­tion of the Abia State Ed­u­ca­tion for Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme (E4E), in Umuahia.

Ngige said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment would want to see a sit­u­a­tion whereby states could en­gage in ven­tures that would give them ad­van­tage and eco­nomic growth.

“We should give states op­por­tu­nity to go into min­ing, agro-pro­cess­ing among others so that they would be able to de­velop on their own. To­day, no­body needs to tell us that things are hard; we are where we are to­day as a coun­try be­cause we failed to plan,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “Some peo­ple think that de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to states is the same as dis­in­te­gra­tion, no, it has to do with build­ing your­selves.”

He de­scribed ag­i­ta­tions, Boko Haram, IPOB and others as prod­ucts of idle­ness, say­ing when peo­ple were gain­fully en­gaged, they would not have time for restive­ness.

The Min­is­ter com­mended the ini­tia­tive of the Abia State gov­ern­ment in cre­at­ing the pro­gramme which equipped 472 peo­ple with var­i­ous skills.

In his re­marks, Gov­er­nor Okezie Ik­peazu said he pi­loted the pro­gramme to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment in the state.

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