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Rivers seeks French partnerships in agriculture

28 January 2016, 12:19Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Rivers State Government has requested France to assist the state in the area of commercial agriculture in order to create jobs for the youths.

Governor Nyesom Wike made the request at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during an audience with France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer.

The Governor called for a partnership between France and State in the area of vocational training for the youths.

“We have to adopt another strategy on how we can survive without depending so much on the oil economy. As a state, we have decided to go into agriculture -not subsistence agriculture but commercial agriculture,” said Wike.

“The commercial agriculture will not be solely owned by Government, but government will give individuals grants so that they will be able to establish farms on their own in order to improve the economy of the state,” Wike said.

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He added that vocational training remained critical to the creation of employment opportunities.

“We will have to put away our confidence as regards to oil, for us the only way to survive is by going back to agriculture,” he said.

Wike appreciated the French Government for helping Nigeria to fight insurgency and assured that his administration would continue to promote security across the state.

“We sincerely appreciate the support you have given to Nigeria in fighting insurgency, particularly as it relates to Boko Haram,” Wike added.

Gauer said he was in the state to improve the relations between Rivers State and France as well as discuss the security of French citizens working in the state

- CAJ News


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