In the face of alleged sabotage and political turbulence, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara stood firm on Thursday, reiterating his unwavering commitment to serve, protect, and elevate the fortunes of the state. Speaking at the 115th and 116th combined Quarterly General Meeting of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, Fubara expressed determination to withstand intimidation and deliberate acts of subversion.
Amid these challenging times, Governor Fubara emphasized the collective responsibility to safeguard Rivers State, which he sees as a shared inheritance. “I assure you that I will not fail in this responsibility, nor will I surrender our mandate and progress to intimidation, blackmail, and deliberate sabotage,” he declared, highlighting the need for unity in the state.
Affirming his dedication to a path of peace, Fubara assured that the state’s 2024 budget would prioritize education, healthcare, and social services. He pledged to allocate sufficient funding to ensure universal access to affordable and quality education and healthcare services, emphasizing a focus on rural areas to prevent any section from being left behind.
The governor announced plans for initiatives on skills development, entrepreneurship training, and targeted investments in commercial agriculture to empower the youth and unlock their entrepreneurial spirit.
Fubara urged traditional rulers to maintain their integrity and uphold neutrality. He called on them to courageously speak truth to power, emphasizing the importance of preserving peace and security for sustainable development.
Expressing faith in the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration at the federal level, Governor Fubara commended Tinubu’s determination to lead the nation out of economic challenges and into a new era of sustainable progress.
Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, declared firm support for Governor Fubara’s administration, emphasizing his election as the best and most trusted leader for the state. Awuse urged those inciting discord to cease their actions, allowing the governor to focus on his responsibilities.
Rivers State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, highlighted the ministry’s collaborative efforts with the traditional rulers to enhance their roles in peacebuilding across their domains.
While reports suggest a breakdown in the relationship between Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, the governor remains resolute in steering the state forward despite political challenges and internal dissent.