Agriculture Will Help Nigeria Tackle Unemployment Says Governor Wike

Agriculture  Will Help Nigeria  Tackle  Unemployment Says Governor Wike
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that investments in agriculture  will help the nation tackle youth unemployment .
Speaking during a courtesy  visit by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said agriculture is essential   to the revival of the nation’s  economy.
He said: “If Nigeria must move to the next level, agriculture  is key. To reduce unemployment, we must focus on agriculture “.
The governor  lauded the Minister of Agriculture  for displaying  maturity  by ensuring  that the issues  of  food production  are insulated  from politics. 
The governor  said that his administration  is developing a public private partnership  model to enhance  the  development  of  agriculture. 
He said: “We are developing the cassava factory to improve  the commercial  farming  of the product.  We are also working  with a private  company to revive our rubber factory”.
He informed  that his administration  is working  with  the Rivers State University to revive the College of Agriculture  at Onne for the training  of agricultural  professionals. 
Governor Wike said that the State Government  will  collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to improve  key aspects  of  the  State Agricultural Sector. 
In his remarks, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh said unless the youth are reintroduced  to agriculture, the country will always  have security  challenges  as most urban youths are idle.
He said issues  of agriculture  must be placed above politics in the overall interest of the country. 
The Minister  said that Rivers State  has the potentials to be a major  source of fish for the entire country. 
The Ministers of Agriculture and all the Commissioners of Agriculture are Rivers State  for the National Council of Agriculture.