The one time governor of Anambra State (1992 – 1993), Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has offered his candid opinion of what could possibly encourage government workers in the South-East to indulge in farming.
According to the ex-governor, farming can be much easier, if the South-East leaders could install the necessary structure to boost the morale of its workers towards farming.
Dr. Ezeife said this in reaction to the new policy introduced by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who declare some days of the week, “work free” – that can be devoted specifically for farming to enable civil servants in the state find other means of livelihood.
And just as the labour unions in the state had kicked against the policy, Dr. Ezeife expressed his skepticism and understanding, saying that however good it sounds, it might create further problems for the state and the people.
Here’s what he said,
“I will tell you the truth. When I was the governor of Anambra State, it was difficult to increase the workers’ salaries. The workers demanded an increase in wages and there was no way I could do that.
“I wanted to suggest a reduction in the number of their days at work. I didn’t know that Okorocha too would consider the idea. It is a problem-solving idea. The problem is that we don’t know whether the policy would create more problems than it solves.”
Ezeife said the policy can be supported when Okorocha provides farmlands, farm-houses and effective transportation system to make the policy yield good results.
The ex-governor had earlier said President Muhammadu Buhari is pushing Ndigbo out of Nigeria and corrupting the country’s constitutions. In his opinion, “God created Nigeria and endowed resources on her, for unmatched greatness; made of human beings with expertise and knowledge; many talents from many tribes”.
The doctor tagged Nigeria as “over endowed,” and had urged President Buhari and other leaders to utilizes the diverse talents and people for a greater nation.