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
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.