The Rivers State Industrial Zone in Ahoada will soon be revived to beef up industrial activities and engender economic growth in the sub-urban centres of the state.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi gave the hint during a question and answer session at the fourth interactive forum with youths of the state yesterday in Port Harcourt.
The governor stated, ‘’ I have thought about it and I will take the proposal to the State Executive Council to deliberate on how to create a corridor for industrial development in that area ‘’.
He assured that once the plan gets the nod of the State Executive Council, then, the light industrial zone will witness a turn around, but observed that power and housing had to be provided to attract would-be investors in the area.
However, Amaechi while speaking on how the government plans to address youth unemployment in the state stressed that agriculture remains one surest way of providing jobs to teeming young graduates.
In his words,’’there are three or four farms we are trying to establish in the state. The reasons for establishing these farms is to create employment opportunities…If you create these farms, you will be able to employ those group of people that are not graduates, or have not been able to afford higher education to be employed in white collar jobs.’’
One of those farms the Governor explained include a massive 3,000 hectare agric village at Etche aimed at the youths and would cost the state about 440 million dollars in partnership with an Israeli firm.
He stated that the project was conceived to address the rising youth crime and was targeted at youths who were willing to engage in agric business’’, stressing that the farm would have 300 homes and each would have one hectare of land to farm and you would live there with your family, and there will be a health centre,a market, and a school inside there’’, and assured that once the plans were ready, it would be advertised for willing youths to apply.
Earlier in his address, Commissioner for Youths, Hon Owene Wonodi stated that the forum was geared at keeping the youths abreast with government policies and programmes and at the same time get their views on governance.
He recalled that in previous forum the Governor had promised to interface with youths in the state, the occasion had provided an opportunity to weigh government’s policies from the youth perspective
Hon.Wonodi congratulated the Governor on his birthday and lauded him for initiating the programme
Also speaking, Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Bethel Oko-Jaja observed that by organising such forums continuously, the Governor had endeared himself to the youths and brought governance closer to the young generation.
While praising the Governor for his developmental strides, Comrade Oko-Jaja challenged him to ensure the sustainability of some of the projects while urging him to also evolve measures to address the rising youth unemployment.
Other highpoints of the forum presentation of awards to some youths who had made the state proud and special gift to the Governor on his 47th birthday.
RSG Moves To ImproveYouths’ Living Standards
The Rivers State Government has reiterated its commitment to collaborate with development partners to ameliorate the living standards of the youths in line with the new Rivers vision of the State Government, led by Chief Nyesom Wike.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Prince Obi Ohia, who stated this at a Town Hall meeting in Ahoada East Local Government Area urged the youths to develop a mindset for positive growth and enhancement.
Hon. Ohia assured the youths that the new vision policy of the Rivers State Government was aimed at securing a better future for youths in the state and urged them to work towards self-sustainability for a more secure future rather than solely relying on government or multinational organisations for assistance.
The commissioner, tasked Ekpeye youths to take their destiny in their own hands by creating a clear and well articulated roadmap for success in various fields of endeavour.
According to Ohia, if the youths must grow, they should believe in themselves and set achievable goals/targets and work assiduously towards becoming successful business owners and entrepreneurs, thereby improving not only themselves but also, the economy of the larger society .
“The Rivers State Government is willing and ready to partner with the youths in the State to change the narrative. This is why we are here on the advocacy visit cum interactive session with you, to see how to provide a platform for Youth to spring on”, he said.
Ohia urged the leadership of the local government council to do everything possible to improve the living standards of youths in the area, adding that they can do this, by providing education and vocational trainings for them.
He appealed to the local government boss to nip in the bud the rising trend of undue interference of traditional rulers and community leaders in the election of youth bodies, stressing that the Youths should have the liberty to choose their own leaders.
According to him,” that does not mean that the supervisory roles of the traditional rulers and community heads should not be established”.
He however, tasked the Youths of the Local Government Area to protect and own all State Government projects sited in the the Local Government Area describing them as legacies that must be bequeathed to generations after them.
Chairman of the Local Government council, Hon. Ben Eke, disclosed that the council has been able to build a Mechanic workshop for Youths in the area to be trained in automobile maintenance.
Eke also explained that the council has renovated an atelier to train young girls from the area in tailoring and fashion designing and that the council is building a Home Economics Laboratory to train women in soap making, hair dressing and general beauty care, adding that the project would be completed in the next few months.
By: Ike Wigodo
Ogba Monarch Tasks Journalists On Core Values
His Eminence, the Oba of Ogbaland, Barr Nwachukwu Nnam Obi III, has cautioned the leadership of the Rivers State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) not to commonise the body but should rather hold in high esteem the core values, objectives, missions and visions that the union represents.
Nnam Obi stated this on Saturday, when members of the union led by the chairman, Stanley Job, paid the family of the late Oba, Chukumela, Nnam Obi II, a condolence visit in his palace at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State.
The monarch added that when integrity is in place, there is no limit to how far one can go in life, while prophesying that the NUJ Chairman, Stanley Job Stanley will, not only grow from being a member, Secretary and Chairman of the union, but would become the National President, if he upholds the tenets of the profession.
The first class traditional ruler disclosed that funeral activities for the late monarch included a valedictory speech on August 11th, with service of songs scheduled for 12th, while the burial holds on the 13th, just as August 14-20 will feature traditional rites. He said that he expected the full participation of the union to witness in their lives what it took to give an Oba a befitting burial.
He remarked that he was sure that many members of the union on the entourage were not born 50 years ago when the last Oba Obi died after which his late father, took over the throne at a tender age.
Earlier, the Chairman of NUJ, Rivers State Council, Stanley Job Stanley stated that the late Oba was the grand patron of the union in Rivers State and the country at large, regretting that he died when younger members of the union needed him most to tap from his wealth of experience and knowledge.
Nigerians Subjected To Extreme Poverty, Group Alleges
A youth group in Niger Delta region, the United Brothers’ of Opobo Kingdom (UBOK) has stated that Nigerians have been subjected to extreme poverty and avoidable divisions under the administration of President Muha-mmadu Buhari, stressing that the only way to extricate the masses is to mobilize all legitimate forces towards ensuring that the bad government is nailed to the cross.
Speaking withThe Tide recently in Opobo Town, President of the group, Comrade Alafuro Mac-Pepple noted that the youths of the country suffer more from incidences of visionless leadership in Nigeria, as government, instead of building bridges of development, has shut the people out from employment opportunities and dearth of infrastructure.
Mac-Pepple maintained that for the past years of this dispensation, the country has continued to degenerate as there is no plan to create employment for Nigerians, regretting that there is no infrastructure in the six geo-political zones, as well as, the menace of Boko Haram terrorist war which could not be curtailed by the president and has gulped billions of dollars.
“We shall no longer watch this unfruitful leadership while continues to suffer the masses of this country they are full of empty and unrealisable pledges, as well as high-handedness while we, wallow in abject poverty in the midst of abundant resources.
The group leader also accused Buhari’s government of being incapable of accounting for the so much money recovered from dubious Nigerians in his anti-corruption fight and challenged Mr. President to tell Nigerians what he has been doing with all the recovered loots within the life span of this administration, for posterity, save and should stop subjecting Nigerians to untold hardship and penury.
By: Bethel Toby
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