Gov Eno Warns Civil Servants Against Abusing ‘Farm Days’

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By Ogenyi Ogenyi, Uyo

Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom has issued a stern warning to civil servants who fail to utilize the two Fridays designated for farming activities, emphasizing that there will be consequences for non-compliance.

This warning follows reports of widespread neglect and abuse of the first and third Fridays, which the administration had declared as work-free days to encourage civil servants to engage in farming. The initiative aims to help the state achieve food sufficiency.

During an inspection of demonstration farms in Nsit Ibom and Nsit Ubium Local Councils last weekend, Governor Eno urged all residents to produce at least what they consume. He highlighted the importance of returning to farming to reduce the cost of staple foods.

Governor Eno expressed satisfaction with the progress reported by the Transition Committee in Nsit Ibom, praising their commitment to the agricultural revolution spearheaded by his administration. He encouraged ward chairmen to replicate these efforts in their respective wards to meet the administration’s food sufficiency goals.

The Governor commended the collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Nsit Ibom Local Council in training young people in agriculture. He expressed optimism that this synergy would boost growth and productivity.

“The solution to the current food crisis in the country is for everyone to return to the farm and utilize the vast farmland, good soil, weather, and topography that the state is blessed with,” Eno stated.

He praised the Nsit Ibom Local Government Chairwoman for her dedication and efforts in aligning with the administration’s vision, noting that her collaboration with the State Ministry of Agriculture and the training provided to young farmers exemplifies the multiplier effect needed for sustainable agricultural development.

“I am very impressed with this kind of synergy. The Director from the Ministry of Agriculture is working with the local government, training young people and sending them back to their farms. This is the way to grow food and ensure that Nsit Ibom Local Government can feed itself,” Governor Eno said.

Dr. Offiong Offor, Commissioner for Agriculture, affirmed the ministry’s readiness to support local councils with necessary inputs and manpower to expedite the achievement of food sufficiency in the state.

The Council Chairwoman described the Governor’s visit as a morale booster, reiterating her commitment to delivering on her mandate and ensuring even development towards the administration’s food sufficiency goals.


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