“Rivers State Governor Pledges Collaborative Governance for Lasting Peace”

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Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has reassured the people of the state of his commitment to collaboration and extensive consultation in ensuring a liberated and enduringly peaceful state. Emphasizing his approach as that of a team member rather than a dictator, the governor aims to leave behind a lasting legacy worthy of celebration.

These remarks were made during the presentation of the Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office to the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, Ateke Michael Tom, as a first-class traditional ruler, held at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Governor Fubara highlighted that during the sixth State Executive Council meeting, the approval of N80.8 billion was granted, with 50 percent of the contract value already disbursed for the construction of the Elele-Egbeda-Omoku Road. Notably, the project is to be funded from internally generated revenue savings, demonstrating the administration’s fiscal prudence without resorting to borrowing to complete the endeavor.

He asserted, “We are at a crossroads in our state where we all need to stand for what is right. It happens once in a lifetime. So, for now, be one of those people who will be on the course to liberate and free our dear state.”

Further emphasizing a consultative approach, Fubara stated, “We will continue to consult. We will not act as dictators. We will act as people who know that one day, we will leave, and when we leave, the way we have acted will speak for us.”

Highlighting the upgrade of the traditional stool of King Ateke Tom in recognition of his contributions to peace, Fubara urged him to continue his efforts.

In response, Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, congratulated King Ateke Tom, while former Minister of Transportation, Chief Abiye Sekibo, expressed gratitude to Fubara for fulfilling his promise and pledged support for his administration on behalf of the Kirike people.

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