My administration generates dividends from democracy despite the crisis – Fubara

My administration generates dividends from democracy despite the crisis – Fubara

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said that despite the political crisis that erupted and persisted in the state, his administration remains strong and brings dividends to the people.

He therefore attributed the development to the grace of God and the support his administration enjoys from the former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, and the elder statesman, Senator John Mbata.

He said the successes recorded so far were possible because God had been graciously sustaining the government, offering it the right direction and giving it the strength to move forward.

The governor was speaking at the state banquet organized to celebrate his first year in office and the 57th anniversary of the creation of Rivers State, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Monday evening.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Nelson Chukwudi, and sent to newsmen, Fubara said while others celebrated a full year of service to the people, he alone had been in control of a royal government characterized by prudence , the determination and protection of the interests of the State in the last four months.

“We decided to have this banquet today to say: thank you, thank you and thank you to each of you. You have supported us.

“The last time I had the opportunity to have dinner with you was on January 1, 2024 and you know, the atmosphere was not like that. We never knew we could hold out until today,” she said.

Fubara insisted that his purpose in government was to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers, adding that he would not make concessions in that regard.

“It takes someone who genuinely loves this state to embark on a project like the Trans-Kalabari Highway. I’m not from that riverside axis where someone would say that I do it because I’m from there. No. That project alone will cost this government over N225 billion.

“But so far, to show our commitment, we not only say we want to do it, but we have started it and we believe in achieving it.

“We believe that when this project is fully executed, security problems will be reduced, development will reach our people in remote areas that until now could only be traversed through the sea, water piracy problems will disappear, including security problems. boat accidents. let us continue recording,” he said.

Governor Fubara urged the people to see this project as an effort towards the expansion of the state and a bid to ensure that development spreads to other parts of the state, away from the Port Harcourt city centre.

“I don’t want to talk about the Port Harcourt Ring Road. You already know that, it is ongoing. We are already on familiar ground.

“Are we talking about the Elele-Egbeda-Omoku road? “Those are things we are doing to tell our people that we are interested in the development of the state,” the governor clarified.

He highlighted his commitment to changing the fortunes of the health sector in the state as he assured that all zonal hospitals would become operational in the next six months.

As for education, he said he would bring the state to a level where everyone could afford to send children to school.

“That’s why we want to offer the basics. Only when we have these basic elements will crime problems be reduced. Only when we have those basic elements will crime, including kidnappings and cults, also be reduced,” he stated.

Governor Fubara reaffirmed the concern of his administration, which was to improve the livelihood and well-being of the people.

He called for more support from state leaders, and especially from the other branches of government, the legislature and the judiciary, to help the government better serve the people.

Praising former Governor Odili and Senator Mbata, he said: “Let me especially thank our leader, Sir Dr. Peter Odili. Let me especially thank Senator John Mbata. I have a reason for saying this and you all know it.

“But I need to draw attention to these two: they are a strong symbol that causes problems in the opposition camp. Every time they are with us, there are a million in one man, and that worries them.

“And tonight, with the caliber of people sitting at this table, there will be confusion somewhere. So that you can see the work of God. It’s not me. It is when God is in control, He makes everything perfect in His way and in His time.”

Governor Fubara also thanked the security agencies for their various levels of support that had ensured that peace prevailed in the state and urged them to continue to maintain the pace.

The Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, announced the launch of a book on the state.

He said as the state celebrated the 57th anniversary of its creation and Governor Fubara’s first year in office, a cross-section of elites, intellectuals and leaders from Rivers and Bayelsa States had written a book on Old Rivers State.

In his comments on the book, Biobele Da-Wariboko said the team of 97 authors and contributors from Rivers and Bayelsa States began the process of writing the book, titled: “Rivers Golden Expedition, Trials And Triumphs”, in 2016.

He noted that many factors prevented the completion and release of the book in 2017, and attributed the release on May 27, 2024 to God’s providence and grace.

He highlighted eminent Rivers and Bayelsa indigenes who contributed to the success of the book and described the compendium as a “collector’s treasure”, which he said every Rivers son and daughter should read to stay abreast of the history, endowments and potential of the state. .