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There Are Consequences For Disloyalty, Fubara Warns LG Chairmen

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Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, on Thursday sent a startling reminder to local government chairmen in the State and other detractors working against his administration to consider their disloyalty as digging their own pits.
The Governor, however, assured that such acts of sabotage would not in anyway deter his administration from staying focused on delivering people-oriented projects in the State.
Gov Fubara spoke at Ndoni Town in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area while commissioning a brand new health centre built and donated by former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili.
“Everyone of you who thinks you’re disrespecting me, you’ve already dug your pit. For those of you who have chosen a contrary path of political salvation, safe journey, we’ll flow in a direction that we’ll get to our destination, we’ve made our people proud.
“They say we’re clueless; if providing quality education, health services is being clueless, then we agree. We’ll not do road to our farms, we’ll not do road because we want to please some body.
It’s not about the roads and the flyovers but the people.
“We made promise to Mr President to support him and we are doing that by ensuring we implement projects that will be beneficial to the people. We’re doing it in housing, healthcare…, we’ll not record anything that will cut short the life of any one in the society. My administration is open to constructive criticism and we are determined to build an egalitarian society”, he said.
Governor Fubara who emphasised the importance of effective healthcare delivery system to his administration, commended the efforts of Dr Odili in building the health facility with his personal resources, describing the effort as a show of love for his people and giving back to society.
The Governor who decried the non-functionality of primary healthcare facilities in Rivers State, urged the people of Ndoni to own, protect and maintain the newly commissioned health centre for optimal benefits, assuring that the needed manpower will be provided to run the facility.
Governor Fubara reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure that zonal hospitals in the State, currently in a state of abandonment, are put to use, and urged contractors handling the projects across the 23 local government areas to return to site immediately.
Earlier in his remark, former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, thanked the Governor for honouring the invitation to commission the health centre and congratulated Governor Fubara on his election victory and it’s affirmation by the Supreme Court.
Dr Odili, who is the Proprietor of PAMO University, said the building of the health facility was his humble response to the damage done by flooding to the old health centre.
Dr Odili affirmed Governor Fubara as the political leader of Rivers State, and urged the governor to remain firm and stand up to his oath of office to defend the interest of Rivers people according to the provisions of the Constitution and with the courage of a lion.
“You’ve hit the ground running in governance by touching all critical sectors. Continue to work for the good of the people. Human being is the soul of the society.
“You’re the political leader of Rivers State, Rivers people say where ever you go, we’ll go with you, where you stand, we’ll stand with you”, he said.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Prof Kinikanwo Green, thanked Dr Odili for building and donating the health facility to Rivers State Government.
He pointed out that the gesture was in line with Governor Fubara’s policy on effective healthcare delivery in Rivers State, particularly at the grassroots .
The Commissioner Health, Dr Adaeze Oreh, said the facility was equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to address health challenges in the community and other catchment areas.

She explained that the facility will render essential services in antenatal, labour/ delivery, immunization, HIV, non communicable diseases, family planning and free medicare for vulnerable persons.

Governor Fubara, on Friday received a delegation of the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) led by its National President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, on a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The Governor who restated the commitment of his administration to reviving the health sector in the state, confirmed the appointment of Prof. Chizindu Dike Alikor as the substantive Chief Medical Director of Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).

“The Governor and his team cannot succeed without your support. That is the truth, and any government that has the interest of its people at heart must pay adequate attention to the provision of quality healthcare services.

He explained that health facilities, particularly those that provide intermediary services were being rebuilt and strengthened, while zonal hospitals would be revived and personnel adequately motivated to scale up their productive capacities.

“I will put it this way: I want to appreciate the NMA – both national and state chapter – for your support, your patience. I know it wasn’t easy, it has never been easy for them even with what we have done, it’s still not sufficient. We need to do more.

“I want to thank you for your support, and we, on our part, will continue to do our best to ensure that, at least, the relationship between us does not go bad,” the governor said.

In his speech, the National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Uche Ojinmah, said he led the delegation to thank Governor Fubara for what he has done to better the lot of medical personnel in Rivers State.

Also speaking, State Chairman of NMA, Dr Ebi Robinson, said they wrote their national body to inform them what they have started enjoying under the leadership of Governor Fubara.

In similar vein, Governor Fubara on Wednesday, received the management team of the Federal Housing Authority of Nigeria (FHAN) led by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House.

“We are thinking in the same line with Mr President. In our dear State, some months back, we did flag off a 20,000 housing units project, specifically for low income earners. What is the purpose: how many persons can afford housing in the GRAs? Just a few of us. We need to make provision for our civil servants. We need to make provision for our traders and taxi drivers. We need to make provision for our teachers and other classes of workers. That is what gave birth to that programme. And I am happy to say it today, that the project is ongoing, and there is evidence of seriousness to that”, the governor said.

He described the Government of President Bola Tinubu as people-oriented, given the seriousness the FHA attaches to ensuring the success of the project in collaboration with the State Government, and assured of his administration’s commitment to give the necessary support for the success of the project.

Earlier, the Managing Director/CEO, Federal Housing Authority of Nigeria, said they were at Government House to pay a courtesy visit on the Governor as well as intimate him on Mr President’s mandate to the authority to provide affordable housing to Nigerians as encapsulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

Governor Fubara on Monday also hosted the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State Chapter, led by its Chairman, Barrister Sensei Solsuema Osaro, at Government House in Port Harcourt.

Addressing the IPAC delegation, the Governor said with elections over, effective governance and dispensing of democratic dividends was the major task before his administration.

“So, we are happy to identify with you. We are assuring you, even when you leave here, criticise me, I don’t have problem with that, it is meant to spur me to do well. We will continue to give you the freedom. We will not cage anybody. We will not revoke your property”, he said.

In his remark, the chairman of IPAC in Rivers State Barr Sensei Solsuema Osaro said the body was impressed by the people oriented style of governance of Governor Fubara and passed a vote of confidence on him.

The Governor, also within the week under review, hosted a delegation of Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, led by the Vice President-General, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, in Government House Port Harcourt.

Governor Fubara while addressing the delegation explained the decisive actions of his administration to revive the ailing sectors of the Rivers economy, particularly the education sector which suffered palpable rot in the immediate past.

He congratulated the Muslim community for the successful completion of their Ramadan fasting, and thanked them for their prayers and support to his administration, especially in mediating and addressing the challenges of farmers/ herders clashes in the state, and assured them of providing the enabling environment for Muslims to practice their faith.

In his address, leader of the delegation and Vice President-General, Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, thanked Governor Fubara for his financial support that enabled them to participate in Hajj last year, and his inclusive policy that has given the community a sense of belonging.

By: Taneh Beemene

 

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Rivers Crisis: PDP Chairman Hails Jonathan’s Call For Truce

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The Lagos State chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Philip Aivoji, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan’s call to end the political crisis in Rivers as commendable.
Mr Aivoji commended Jonathan  in an interview with The Tide‘s source on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Jonathan had on Monday implored Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers  and his predecessor, (the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT) Chief Nyesom Wike, to sheathe their swords in order to douse the political temperature in the state.
The former president, who spoke at the inauguration of the N222.1 billion Trans-Kalabari Road construction, emphasised the necessity for Fubara and Wike to collaborate to promote the  progress and prosperity of Rivers State.
He noted that the political tension in the state was excessive and worrisome, and would not contribute to  development.
Jonathan said that destabilising Rivers State would adversely impact the Niger Delta region and could also trigger crises across the country.
Reacting to Jonathan’s admonition, Mr Aivoji described the former President as a man full of experience in mediation and conflict resolution, even at the international level.
“Jonathan is a leader in the party and a leader from South South; there is nothing wrong stepping in to broker peace. It is a good one,” the PDP boss said.
He, however, said that the former President should go further to speak the truth to the warring parties and point out  to each of them where they had erred.
“This is the way to settle issues. If we want to resolve it, we must tell the truth to them.
“The ex-President is an elder, he is an experienced person, who has been meditating in international affairs. Let us see how it goes,” he added.
According to him, the former President, being experienced mediator, must dig deep and probe the cause of the crisis.
“He (Jonathan) has seen it all. Peace of graveyard will not help the matter, they should resolve issues.
“We hope that the nitty-gritty will be looked into and the constitution of the party will be followed if they are true members of the party,” Aivoji said.

 

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Group Carpets Amaewhule Over Political Crisis In Rivers 

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A group, Coalition of Rivers State Leaders of Thought (CORSLOT) has blamed the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Martins Amaewhule, for the escalation of the political crisis in the State.
The coalition, which stated this at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, said Rivers State would not have been in its current political situation had Rt Hon Amaewhule played the sacred role providence bestowed on him.
The text for the briefing which was read by the Convener, High Chief Sunnie Chukumele, and co-signed by Prof (Mrs) Reginah Azunwena, Odinaka Osundu, George Ijoma and Elder Anuage Menegbo, also commended Governor Siminalayi Fubara for his peaceful disposition despite the crisis, adding that this disposition has marked the governor as a man of peace.
“Pitiably under him, the world saw a legislative arm of government that was vehemently out to frustrate the executive arm with all sorts of negative actions against the governor and the government of Rivers State.
“Had Martins Amaewhule seen the state as sacred, he would have mediated in whatever were the issues between our former governor, His Excellency, Chief (Barrister) Nyesom Wike. Amaewhule failed woefully to play a stabilizing role which his exalted office gave him ample role to play”, they said.
The Coalition also called on former Governor Nyesom Wike to have a rethink on the political crisis in the state as he has a cardinal role to play in the resolution of the impasse.
“CORSLOT wishes to advise trouble entrepreneurs and eye service politicians of Rivers State origin to take note that power belongs to God Almighty and the people.
“Rivers people are taking note of these political actors.
“Rivers State is owned by Rivers people and not  self seeking politicians”, they said.
“We begin by appreciating the governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalaye Fubara, for working assiduously for peace by embracing and working with the Presidential Peace Accord of 2023 and to state that it is in recognition of this that the governor has won awards and honours within the state and Nigeria”
The Coalition also thanked the Governor for attending to the needs and welfare of citizens of the state, particularly the welfare of civil servants and the planned employment into the Civil Service.
“CORSLOT further recognizes the governor’s attention on infrastructural development in the state with his continuation of projects he inherited from previous administrations and indeed his bold initiatives of new ones.
These come with spiraling advantages”, they added.
They also urged the governor to take immediate steps to fill his cabinet with men and women who have the capacity to add value to the State.

By: John Bibor

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Council Boss Hails Fubara Over Successful Project Commissioning

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Following the successful commissioning of the  Andoni Section of the Ogoni-Andoni- Opobo Unity Road by Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area, Hon. Enyiada Cookey-Gam has commended the number one citizen of the state for his multiple  infrastructural development projects that have direct bearings on the lives and well -being of Rivers people, especially in NgoTown, headquarters of Andoni Local Government Area and its adjoining environs.
The Chairman maintained that the road, as commissioned, will provide connectivity between coastal communities, cities, and hinterlands, facilitating the movement of people, goods and services, which enhances trade, commerce and tourism, and also contributes to local economic development and the local government area’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
On the event, Hon. CookeyGam lauded the efforts of the initiator of the project, 24 years ago, Dr.Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers State, for his determination and love for the people that found expression in the initiation of the Unity Road project which has been able to connect the catchment local government areas of Khana, Andoni and Opobo/ Nkoro, including the neighbouring states.
He described both Dr. Odili and Governor Fubara as beacons of infrastructural development.
The Chairman of Council also urged Andoni people to guard against vandalization and theft of the facilities that have been put in place for their betterment.
He further admonished the people of Andoni in particular, and Rivers people in general, to support the good work the Governor has come to do despite distraction from some politicians in the state who do not mean well for the people.

By: Bethel Toby

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