Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has declared that he will not succumb to sabotage attempts and will remain committed to serving, protecting, and advancing the fortunes of the state.
Addressing the 115 and 116 combined Quarterly General Meeting of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, Fubara emphasized his refusal to yield to intimidation and blackmail, advocating for a path of peace to ensure the state’s well-being.
Governor Fubara, reiterating his commitment to humility, sincerity of purpose, and accountability, announced drastic measures aimed at strengthening education, healthcare, and social services throughout the state, with a particular focus on rural areas.
“Although these are trying times, let us not forget that Rivers State is our collective inheritance, presently under my watch, to protect, defend and advance it as the governor.
“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. I reaffirm my earlier statement and recommit myself to the path of peace as there is nothing to gain in a state of needless crisis.”
He outlined his vision for the 2024 state budget, emphasizing its priority to provide universal access to affordable and quality education and healthcare services in Rivers.
Encouraging traditional rulers to uphold integrity and neutrality, Fubara urged them to speak truth to power, preserving their moral authority and legitimacy.
The governor said:
“We will also take deliberate steps to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit among our teeming unemployed youths through viable initiatives on skills development, entrepreneurship training, and targeted investments in commercial agriculture.”
He also expressed support for the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration at the federal level, praising Tinubu’s determination to lead the nation towards sustainable economic progress.
“We must all be worried about the plight of our youths, especially those in rural communities, most of whom are poor, neglected, and almost forgotten in the government’s development plans, policies, and actions.
“As we all know, no human society can progress without peace and security. I will therefore urge you to continue to work tirelessly for the preservation of peace and security to attract sustainable development to your communities.”
Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, voiced the council’s unwavering support for Governor Fubara, asserting that he was elected as the best and trusted leader for the state. Awuse urged those sowing discord to cease their actions and allow the governor to fulfill his duties.
Rivers State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, affirmed the ministry’s harmonious relationship with the council, expressing the commitment to collaborate in supporting royal fathers in their roles.