Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has reiterated his commitment to fostering collaboration and extensive consultation to ensure a liberated and enduringly peaceful state. Emphasizing a collaborative approach rather than autocracy, the governor aims to leave behind a legacy worthy of celebration.

These affirmations came during the ceremony where the Certificate of Recognition and Staff of Office were bestowed upon the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, Ateke Michael Tom, recognizing him as a first-class traditional ruler. The event took place at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Governor Fubara underscored the significance of prudent fiscal management during the sixth State Executive Council meeting, where the approval of N80.8 billion was granted. Notably, 50 percent of the contract value has already been allocated for the construction of the Elele-Egbeda-Omoku Road, funded from internally generated revenue savings, exemplifying the administration’s financial responsibility without resorting to borrowing.

“We are at a pivotal moment in our state where it is imperative for us to stand for what is right. This opportunity arises once in a lifetime. So, let us be among those who endeavor to liberate and uplift our beloved state,” asserted Governor Fubara.

Further emphasizing the consultative approach, Fubara stated, “We will persist in seeking counsel. We will not impose our will but act as responsible stewards, cognizant that our actions today will shape our legacy.”

Acknowledging the efforts of King Ateke Tom in promoting peace, Fubara encouraged him to continue his endeavors.

In response, Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, extended congratulations to King Ateke Tom, while former Minister of Transportation, Chief Abiye Sekibo, expressed gratitude to Governor Fubara for honoring his commitment and pledged support on behalf of the Kirike people.


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