Saturday, May 7, 2016 12:29 am
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the sponsorship of 200 less privileged Rivers youths to Israel for vocational training.
The governor also announced that despite dwindling resources, the state government will continue to sponsor pilgrims to Jerusalem as Rivers State is totally a Christian State.
Speaking at the Launch of the ‘Win A Trip to Israel, WATTI, Promo organised by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, on Friday , Governor Wike said that the youths will be trained to acquire skills to be self-reliant.
He said: “200 youths will go for vocational training and skills acquisition in Israel. The training programme will help the youths to acquire relevant skills for self sustenance”.
On the “Win A Trip to Israel ” Promo, the governor announced that the state government will purchase 150 lottery tickets for each of the 319 wards of the state at N23million.
He said that the state government tickets will only be distributed to the less privileged, noting that privileged Rivers people should sponsor others.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, John Kennedy Opara said the WATTI promo is aimed at assisting less privileged to perform the holy pilgrimage.
He said that pilgrimage is a tool for moral and spiritual rebirth.
Highpoint of the occasion was the flag off of WATTI Promo by the governor with the first set of winners emerging.