The Governor of Rivers State in southern Nigeria, Nyesom Wike says arrangements are underway for the training of 200 youths on Agriculture in Israel.
Governor Wike, who disclosed this during a synod of the Anglican Church in Port Harcourt City, said that the training in Israel was part of effort by his administration to provide alternatives to street trading within the State capital.
Wike said the desire to end all forms of street trading required that alternative locations would also be provided for the young men and women who engaged in the activity so as not to promote crime.
He said: “It is difficult to end street trading suddenly. This is because of the hunger in the land. For us, we have resolved to get alternative locations for the street traders before we move them. If we do not provide these alternatives, we may have a situation where these street traders resort to crime.
The Governor explained that some traders in Rumuokoro area within the capital city were relocated to a place suitable for the type of merchandise they sell.
According to Wike, due to the high rate of unemployment, government was creating several employment opportunities to cater to the youths.
“While we are trying as a Government to create employment opportunities for our youths, it is regrettable that some of these young people have refused to invest their energies in daily vocational opportunities claiming that the income from such businesses were too small”, said the Governor.
Governor Wike also promised to support schools owned by religious institution by providing learning and teaching facilities.
In a brief remark, the Bishop of Evolution Diocese of the Anglican Church, Bishop Innocent Ordu urged the Governor to invest in road construction, improve security and create employment opportunities.