Rivers State is Safe For Investments – Governor Wike

Rivers State is Safe For Investments – Governor Wike

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that despite  the  security  challenges  facing the Niger Delta ,  Rivers State  is peaceful  for investments.

The governor  also called  on  the  United Kingdom  to partner with  the  Rivers State Government in the areas of Agriculture  and Vocational Education  for the generation  of  employment. 

The Government of the United Kingdom also declared that they will partner with the Rivers State Government in the area of youth empowerment.

He spoke at the Government House,  Port Harcourt on Wednesday when he received  the  High Commissioner  of  United Kingdom  to Nigeria,  Mr Paul Arkwright. 

He explained  that  strategies have been  put in place for the enhancement  of  the security  across the  state; pointing  out  that  the   State and Federal Governments have taken relevant  steps to address the challenges  posed by militancy in the Niger Delta. 

He said that the meeting  between  Acting President Yemi Osinbajo,  Niger Delta Governors and the Military  High Command  mapped out  critical measures, including  opening  up of dialogue  channels  with the  Niger Delta Avengers  to resolve recent  security  challenges.

He blamed the cult related  conflicts  in the state on oil companies that patronise cult groups to secure their pipelines, instead of  working with  security  agencies.  He said such patronage  leads to supremacy  conflicts  between  cult groups.

He informed  the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom  that a particular  oil company  is responsible  for  empowering  the cult groups, noting  that the  matter is being addressed.

Governor  Wike  called on the Government  of  the  United Kingdom to partner  with  the  state to generate mass employment  and  enhance  economic  growth.

“We want  to  partner  with  the  Government of the United Kingdom in the agricultural sector  to create jobs for our unemployed  youths. Government  will continue  to  create a secure environment to improve  the  environment  for Agriculture. The Mexicans  are already here investing in agriculture. 

“We also  need partnership  in the area of  vocational  education to also  create job opportunities  for our youths”, he said.

In his remarks,  the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright said that the relationship between  the  United Kingdom  and Rivers  State  will be deepened.

He said that he was in the state to get first hand knowledge  of  developments  in the state to identify areas of  collaboration.

The  governor  later led the High  Commissioner of the United Kingdom on an inspection  of  the  remodeling  of the Brick House and the  Chapel within the  premises of the Government House, Port Harcourt.