Rivers agric scheme to generate 10, 000 jobs
The Rivers Government announced on Tuesday that it was on course to creating no fewer than 10,000 jobs through its agriculture expansion scheme.
The Special Assistant to the governor on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, made the announcement in a statement in Port Harcourt.
He said the government would soon start expanding the state-owned Risonpalm Plantation at Ubima in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
Nwakudu disclosed that the government was already partnering with a private investor, Siat Ltd., to plant new nurseries at the plantation.
“The Risonpalm expansion scheme is a deliberate effort of government to bring agriculture closer to the people.
“The scheme will engage youths and women from the affected and neighbouring communities as captured in the government’s campaign promise.’’
He said the government would also reactivate the moribund Delta Rubber Company to make it productive.
“What we cannot afford to do is renege on our electioneering promises to our people,’’ said Nwakaudu.