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Britain partnerships sought to drive Rivers growth

10 September 2015, 07:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the British Government to support efforts of the state  government to improve security.

The governor stated this as he granted audience to the Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission in Nigeria Ray Kyles.

“One of  the key areas we need the support of the British Government, is the area of security. We need collaboration to improve our security," Wike said.

"So far, we have provided logistics support for the security agencies and enacted legislation to discourage kidnapping and other crimes,” Wike added.

He noted that with the actions taken by his administration, security had improved with several investors returning to the state.

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Wike  explained  that  the  state government  had to work on the improvement  of security  because  insecurity  under the immediate  past  administration drove away investors.

The governor also urged the British Government to support the administration’s commercial agriculture programme targeted at job creation.

“I am also seeking support for our programme on commercial agriculture because of our blueprint to enhance job creation  especially amongst youths and young graduates,” Wike said.

He added that the state government  will work  with  the  British Government  in the areas of education, oil and  gas  and general development.

Kyles  assured the Rivers  State  Government  that his country would continue to partner  it for the  development  of the  state.

He described  Rivers  State as critical  to the interests  of the British  Government,  especially  as regards  to investments  in the  areas of  oil and  gas. 

- CAJ News


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