The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, on Friday, denied owning a Facebook account bearing his name.
Mr. Onu, while addressing leaders of the Ebonyi All Progressives Congress who visited him, said an account purportedly owned by him, was created by unscrupulous elements to defraud people.
“So many people called me on phone that they were chatting with me on Facebook. I stand here to say I don’t operate face book account.
“If anybody creates Facebook account with my name and pictures. The person is a criminal. Ignore such person.
“Some persons have been using my name and pictures to do all manner of business. I want to warn them to desist from this,’’ he said.
He debunked reports that he visited Governor Dave Umahi to mend fences with him.
While stating that he had no problem with the governor, the minister said he visited Mr. Umahi to console him over the demise of his mother, Margret Umahi.
He said despite political inclinations, he visits people who lose their loved ones because he understands the grief of loss.
The minister wondered why the visit was misinterpreted by some people and a section of the media.
The minister called on the people of the state to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration as the state cannot afford to be in opposition.
He said the state has tremendous potentials and must support the federal government to harness them.
Mr. Onu, a former governor of old Abia State, said Mr. Buhari inherited a bad economy from the past administration and has been working round the clock to fix it through diversification of the economy.
He restated his readiness to reposition the Ministry of Science and Technology to make it vibrant.
Earlier, the state acting chairman of the party, Eze Nwachukwu, told the minister that the APC leaders came to celebrate with him.
He said the party in the state was united and poised to win future elections in the state.