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.