Rivers state government has started the process of creating 10,000 jobs for unemployed youths through the expansion of agriculture projects, Governor Nyesom Wike, has said.
Wike made the announcement in a statement issued by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, his Special Assistant on Electronic Media made available to newsmen on Monday.
The statement said Wike made the announcement in his address at a reception to mark the coronation and thanksgiving in honour Mike Elechi as Obua Weze in Elele, Ikwerre LGA.
“Aside the development of infrastructure across the state, we are working with private investors to create 10,000 jobs through key agriculture projects,” he said.
Wike, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chukwuemeka Woke, said that the 10,000 jobs would be created with the expansion of Resonpalm Oil Plantation in Ubima.
He said that his administration was partnering Siat Limited to plant new nurseries at the oil palm plantation in the extensive expansion scheme.
He added that his administration was also in the process of re-activating Delta Rubber Ltd. in partnership with private investors to ensure that more jobs are created for the people.
He urged the people of Elele to continue to support his administration to improve their standard of living.
The governor noted that Elele was one of the first communities that started the process that led to the emancipation of the state.
He congratulated Elechi on his coronation as Obua Weze and described the honour as “call to service.’’
Responding, Elechi thanked the governor and top officials of the state who graced the event for their support.