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,
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
“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
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