Elias Mbam, an APC governorship aspirant has stated that he has all it takes to liberate the state from poverty if elected governor in 2023.
He said the 2019 National Bureau of Statistics poverty index indicated that Ebonyi scored 87.02 per cent with poor citizens, revealing a startling reality of the state’s poverty level.
“Our state is put below Jigawa, Taraba and Sokoto as the states with the highest level of poverty per head in Nigeria and the only state in southern Nigeria with the highest number of poor citizens. I’ll reverse this trend if I become governor in 2023,” Mr Mbam said.
The one-time minister of state for finance said that he had developed an economic blueprint that set out a step-by-step approach toward reversing the ugly narrative, promising to reduce poverty in two years as Ebonyi governor drastically.
He said that he would leverage his knowledge in microeconomics and skills in revenue diversification, having served for nearly 10 years as RMAFC chairman, to turn around the state’s economy.