By Emmanuel Amadi, Abakaliki
Ebonyi State GovernorÂ David Umahi stated that his administration would fulfil all its campaign promises to the people of the state within three years in office.
This is coming just as he added that he would continue to work hard to meet all the set developmental targets, assuring that payment of workers salaries would be carried out every 15th of the month despite economic challenges.
He gave the assurance during the flag-off campaign against female genital mutilation by his wife Rachael in Abakaliki.
At the function, he also announced that the state government would give N500,000 each to 500 women and youths who have good business plan especially in the area of farmingÂ as a means of empowering them economically.
The governor added that once any of them was able to show evidence of N1mÂ in his account at the end of the first year, such person would receive additional N1m to boostÂ his business.
He said, â€œWithin three years of our administration, we will fulfil all our campaign promises made to Ebonyi people. In the next two days, we will assemble about 2,600 of our youths and women for empowerment and half of it will be our women. We are going to launch operation one hectre per person.
â€˜â€™We will assemble 500 of our women and it is going to be an ongoing process. Theere will be three women in each ward. What we want to do is to give empowerment of minimum of N500, 000 each to farmers but we wonâ€™t give it to somebody who has no plan.â€™â€™
On female genital mutilation, Umahi condemned it, sayingÂ Â the law against itÂ willÂ be looked into to provide severe sanction forÂ offenders.
Governor Umahi added, â€˜â€™Our women are gift to us, our women are important to us. We must support them and whatever that pains them, we must fight against it.
“I challenge all the women especially those in positions of authority to rise up and fight t this female genital mutilation because we want to have complete eradication of that.
â€˜â€™The wife of the President is the great friend of my wife. Why I like her most is that she has adopted herself as a mother of all, she is not into partisan politics, sheâ€™s travelling round the country and even wives of PDP Governors usually follow her.
â€˜She doesnâ€™t discriminate; she carries everybody along. And I think that is the kind of love we need. I continue to emphasize unity irrespective of political affiliation; when we have faced election and done with election, let us fear God and continue to live in unity. So, I have so much tremendous respect for this woman. She has taken my wife as her very dear daughter in the envy and jealous of men.
â€˜â€™I must thank my wife so much. One of the qualities she has is her humility and passion for the down trodden, she has a large heart.”