Governor Umahi
Governor David Umahi (File image from Ebonyi Govt House)

The governor of Ebonyi, David Umahi, has said that he became a billionaire at the age of 25 because of hard work and commitment to duty.

Concise News reports that the number one citizen of the southeast state made the declaration while interacting with leaders of Abakpa main market in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital,

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Umahi, it was learned, spoke against the backdrop of reports on social media claiming that he owns shops at the market and built his house within one year.

“I work very hard, I am not a poor person but a very, very rich person,” the governor said.

“You can’t use the state’s money and still do all these things (projects) we are doing, I don’t have any shop or any interest in the market.”

The governor also said rescinding some of the decisions on the relocation of the traders from the market was due to the intervention of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

He also announced that the Abakpa market would now be designated and called Ebonyi Fruits and Vegetable Market.

“We presently have a special assistant on the market, the structures that are still strong are going to be renovated,” he said.

“The traders have two options: it is either you renovate it to our taste and become landlords or we do it on our own and you are no longer the landlord.”

The governor also announced that due to the intervention of CAN, the government had changed the date set for the traders to relocate to the state’s international market to January 10, 2020.

The Chairman of CAN in the state, Rev. Fr Abraham Nwali, thanked the governor for his magnanimity in extending the relocation date, adding that the association would ensure an amicable resolution of the issue.

Nwali, who is also the governor’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Religion and Welfare Matters, called for cooperation by all concerned parties in the overall interest of stakeholders.

This news medium understands that the state government and the traders had been having a running battle over their relocation to the international market.