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Governor Wike Solicits British Government's Support For The Training Of Neighbourhood Safety Corps Personnel

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has solicited the support of the  British Government in the development of the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has solicited the support of the  British Government in the development of the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. 

Speaking during  a Courtesy Visit  by the United Kingdom Department for International Development Team in the Niger Delta on Friday at the Government House Port Harcourt,  Governor  Wike said that the State requires training support  for the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency operatives.

He said: "Virtually all states in Nigeria  have security challenges.  We have established  the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency to help  the security agencies with critical  information  to fight crime. 

"Such information will help the security agencies nip crimes in the bud. We need assistance for the provision  of necessary  security training aids for operatives  of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency ".

Governor Wike  also urged the British Government  to partner with the Rivers State Government  in the area of agricultural development. 

He said: "One of our key areas of  priority  is agriculture.  We want to partner with you to develop  all forms of agriculture. 

"This is necessary  because  we are interested in using agriculture  to create employment  for our youths. In this sector, we are looking at crop farming,  fishery  and poultry".

Governor Wike added that the State Government is interested in vocational training  and  skills acquisition  for Rivers youths. 

"We want to develop  partnerships with the British Government and other international  institutions to empower youths with skills that will make them self reliant. 

"Once they acquire  the vocational  training,  the State Government  will set them up".

The Governor  noted that other areas that the Rivers State Government  will partner with the British Government  include Teacher Training for basic and senior  secondary schools and environmental sanitation.  

Earlier,  the Conflict Adviser of United Kingdom Department for International Development Team in the Niger Delta, Charlotte Neil said that the British Government is interested in knowing the critical Areas of need in Rivers State  for partnership .

She said that the United Kingdom Department for International Development wants to understand the priorities of the Rivers State Government for the development of the state.