Governor Wike To Create Employment Opportunities For Rivers People

Governor Wike To Create Employment Opportunities For Rivers People

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  assured  the people of the state that his administration  will create employment  opportunities through  investments in the  manufacturing  sector.

Speaking  when he granted  audience  to  the  management  of  Pabod Breweries at the Government House,  Port Harcourt  at the weekend,  Governor  Wike  said a strong manufacturing  sector  will create jobs.

He said that the state government  will always  support manufacturers  through  the  provision  of  lands and other  incentives. 

Governor Wike said: “It is manufacturing  that generates employment and  we are willing to support  manufacturers.  Our ultimate  aim is to create employment  opportunities  for our people.

“It is important that we encourage  investors to always ply their trade in the state for the good of our economy “.

The  governor  urged the management  of Pabod Breweries to always consider  qualified  Rivers  indigenes in their employment  programmes as a measure  of  goodwill.

On the security  situation  in Rivers State,  Governor Wike  decried  the  incessant  transfer of security  chiefs from the state. He said such frequent transfers make it difficult  for security  agencies  to  fight crime.

He, however,  assured that the State Government  will always support the security  agencies  through  provision of  logistics  and  adequate  funding.

The governor  accepted  the invitation  of  the  Pabod Breweries management  to inspect facilities  at the company.  He directed the Attorney-General of the state and the Commissioner for Commerce  to liaise  with  Pabod Breweries  to ascertain  the percentage of  the  state government’s ownership in the company.

Earlier,  the  General Manager of Pabod  Breweries,  Riaan Meyer said  that the company  is  investing  in the expansion  of  its facilities  which will create more jobs for the the people of the state.

He called for improved  relationship  between  the  Rivers State Government and Pabod Breweries.  He said such relationship will impact positively  on the economy  of the state.