Amaechi to focus on job creation this year

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By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT— GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State has assured people of the state of better attention from the state government this year.

The governor, in his New Year message to the state, said the government would focus on job creation, urban development and other key sectors of the economy.

The governor, who called for private sector investment in the growth of the economy, also called on people of the state to explore self employment initiatives, describing same as the best form of development.

Amaechi appealed to the people to explore opportunities in agriculture and small and medium enterprises through entrepreneurship, noting that his government had budgeted N5 billion state equity/enterprise fund to grow the sector, adding that the fund would come to fruition from the end of the first quarter of this year.

Stressing on the new found peaceful atmosphere in the state, the governor said his administration would continue to build on the security situation, explaining that the Songhai farm project in the state was part of effort to create jobs and ensure food security for the people.

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