Chief Nwaeze Onu, Executive Director of the organisation, supported the governor’s call on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He was reacting to the governor’s recent interactive seession with the state’s stakeholders drawn from various social and political affiliations in Abuja.
Onu, a former Senatorial Candidate for Ebonyi South Zone, said that the governor’s call for peace and unity among political stakeholders, irrespective of party affiliations, was apt and would ensure the state’s development.
“We believe that states thrive where there is peace and harmonious existence among the people.
“When peace and unity thrive in a state, investment and other forms of development which the people yearn for in a democracy will be attracted,” he said.
The organisation’s executive director said that the interactive session offered Ebonyi indigenes residing in Abuja a first-hand opportunity of interacting with the governor and getting account of his stewardship.
“The performance score-card made by the governor at the event consciously outlined his administration’s goals and achievements in the past five years.
“The NCDD as advocates for democratic values where citizens partake in governance, appreciates the governor for giving the people opportunity to know and be partakers of his administration,” he said.
He said that the organisation was happy with the investment climate developed by the governor in Ebonyi and enjoined the people to heed to his call to utilise the investment opportunities in the state.
“We urge Umahi to, however, vigorously pursue his government’s policy of improving the people’s living standard which is hoped to be enhanced by his massive infrastructure strides.
“The government through the state’s ministry of Human Capital Development and Monitoring should sustain the empowerment of more indigenes and ‘keying them’ into the Federal Government’s various social investments programmes.
“Emphasis should also be placed on massive engagement in agriculture to effectively utilise the government’s investment in the sector with the support of agencies such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) FADAMA among others,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)