*Approves N200m Intervention Fund for PH Timber Market Inferno
Wike launches Rivers State School Farm/Agri-Business Initiative Project, to appoint new principals, promote teachers; Approves N200m Intervention Fund for PH Timber Market Inferno
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday launched the Rivers State School farm/Agri-Business Initiative Project aimed kick-starting student interest in commercial farming across the state.
Governor Wike also announced that his administration will in the coming weeks appoint principals in secondary schools without substantive principals and also promote deserving teachers.
Launching the pilot scheme of the project at the Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta in Obio/Akpor LGA, Governor Wike said the project will help in enhancing food security in Rivers State.
According to him, exposing students to the tenets of practical farming, will encourage them to embrace commercial agriculture in the future.
He directed the State Commissioner, Mrs Onimim Jacks to provide the necessary support to all the school authorities involved in the school farming project.
Governor Wike said: “It is important to introduce school farms in different schools in the state. We want to encourage our students to embrace practical agriculture.”
The governor charged the management of Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta to ensure that all intruders are kept out of the institution.
He assured that his administration will develop boarding schools in all the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
In her address, the Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Onimim Jacks said that the state government will revive previously abandoned demonstration farms and seed multiplication centres in different local government areas.
She said in the next phase of the project, the State Government will promote pilot farms in selected schools.
The inferno site
Governor Wike approves N200m Intervention Fund for Port Harcourt Timber Market Inferno
In another development, in a move to assist victims of the inferno that ravaged the Timber Market, Mile Three in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike on Friday approved the release of N200 million to help the affected traders rebuild their stores and businesses.
Governor Wike who led top government officials to inspect the extent of damage at the Timber market , sympathised with all those who lost their wares to the inferno.
He said that his administration will always stand by the people by taking necessary steps to encourage businessmen.
He said: ” I am here to sympathise with you over the unfortunate fire incident that ravaged portions of this market. This is a sad development which has affected the sources of income of many of you.
“This administration will always ensure that it caters for the welfare of all residents of the state. I have approved the sum of N200million as an intervention fund to assist victims of this unfortunate incident”.
The governor directed the State Commissioner for Special Duties 2, Mr Emeka Onowu to liaise with the leadership of the market to ensure the proper use of the intervention fund for the revival of the market.
Affected traders in the market broke into spontaneous celebration following the announcement of the intervention fund by the governor.
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