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Wike launches school agric initiative, ameliorates timber fire victims


*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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