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WEEKELY RIVERS STATE NEWS RECAP

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has called on Corps Members posted to the State to be good ambassadors of the NYSC scheme in the State as his administration remains resolute in building the State.

He made the call at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Nonwa-Gbam Tai when he addressed 2024 Batch A Stream II Corps Members deployed to the State for their 3 – weeks orientation course.

Represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Samson Friday Dede, Governor Fubara emphasized that his commitment to offer the good people of Rivers State the best democracy dividends remains sacrosanct.

He called on the NYSC and Corps Members to continue to be “reliable and dependable partners in improving the lot of the citizens of the State.”

Also within the week His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, GSSRS, approved a minor cabinet reshufflement which affected Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN, DSSRS, the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who was deployed to the MINISTRY OF SPECIAL DUTIES (GOVERNOR’S OFFICE) and Barr. Isaac Kamalu, DSSRS, the former Commissioner for Finance, is now deployed to the MINISTRY OF EMPLOYMENT GENERATION AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. But in a swift reaction, the affected commissioners handed over their resignation letters thanking the governor for the opportunity to service.

Also, Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has described as very unfortunate the fire incident caused by a tanker conveying premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol which burnt motorists and commuters beyond recognition and destroyed a good number of vehicles.

The incident occurred between Indorama Gate and Aleto Bridge on the popular and ever busy Eleme section of the East-West Road now undergoing major reconstruction by the Federal Government.

Governor Fubara expressed his sadness at the gory sights that he saw when he visited the scene of the incident, accompanied by the State Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, and the State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Uchechukwu Nwafor, on Saturday morning.

The Governor explained that he got a call from the Managing Director of Indorama Petrochemical and Fertiliser Company Limited in Eleme Local Government Area, informing him of the incident.

At the news of the incident, Governor Fubara stated that he immediate routed a call to the security agencies and instructed that they visit the scene to take charge of the security of the area to avoid escalation of the situation.

Governor Fubara explained that he had already requested the relevant government agencies to provide him a detailed account of their findings to enable the State Government take appropriate decisions and actions to significantly remedy the situation and reduce the negative on the affected people.

Also, Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has lamented that there is a fierce fight over the soul of the State to destroy it but noted that only the well-meaning persons who are standing firmly with him can wield the force of unity to save it.

Governor Fubara made the remark at the country home of Sir Celestine Omehia in Ubima community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday.

The Governor, accompanied by some elders of the State, was in Ubima to commiserate with Sir Omehia, who had just laid his late mother, Mrs Ezinne Cecilia Omehia, to rest after 95 years.

Governor Fubara said the visit was to demonstrate love and show support to Sir Omehia who, as a son, had satisfactorily performed the duty of giving his mother a befitting burial.

He said, “I have come here with a few of us; very respected elders of the State, to come and support you and say to you that ‘we sorrow with you’.

“The most important thing is to show our concern and love. Any human being that shows enmity to death, that person is not even normal.

“We also rejoice with you for a life lived well to fulfillment by Mama. We wish Mama safe journey. Let her stay well where she has gone.”

Governor Fubara told the elders of the need for every true lover of the State to synergise and be resolute in the fight to safeguard the soul of Rivers State.

The Governor decried the evil of politics of bitterness and the telling danger it has on the progress of the State, which according to him, should be discouraged as a bad political culture in contemporary times.

Governor Fubara said: “Anybody who claims to love this State should not be party to anything, directly or indirectly, that will bring us backwards. We will continue to support every course that will advance the interest of our dear Rivers State.

Furthermore, Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has urged the Nigerian Navy to ensure that its investment in the professional development of naval personnel translated into visible advancement in the security and prosperity of the nation’s maritime interests and blue economy.

Governor Fubara gave the charge shortly after inaugurating the New Headquarters Naval Training Command in Ebubu community, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday.

The Governor noted that the event completed a development journey that started in April, 2023.

That was when his predecessor, Governor Fubara said, graciously ceded the dilapidated structures of the abandoned former Ambassador Nne Krukrubo Model Government Secondary School to the Nigerian Navy for use.

Governor Fubara stated that: “Today, we have seen the results of that noble and progressive decision with the comprehensive transformation and upgrading of the facilities as the Nigerian Navy’s new headquarters training command, which was hitherto domiciled in Lagos State.

“This magnificent training command stands as a testament to the commitment of the leadership of the Nigerian Navy to invest in the professional development of our naval personnel with the singular objective of cultivating a highly skilled, proficient and motivated naval force capable of advancing the security and prosperity of the nation’s maritime interests.”

The State Chief Executive Officer emphasised that the training command was now a remarkable evidence of the great strides made by President Bola Tinubu in strengthening the combat capabilities of the Nigerian Navy to deal with the expanded spectrum of maritime security threats that we face as a nation.

The Governor said Rivers State is a littoral territory with significant deposits of natural resources that was exposed to seaborne security threats, activities of pirates, kidnappers, and pipeline vandals, which impact adversely on the State and national economies, if not effectively tackled.

“This is why we will continue to provide tangible support and work together with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to safeguard the freedom of navigation, combat criminality on our waterways and ensure that the State is safe and secure for business and development to thrive and benefit our people and the nation.

“As you go on to put this training command into full service, my charge to you is to ensure that this sprawling facility is effectively maintained and utilized to expand your operations and activities for national security development.

Finally, The Rivers State Government says it is poised to continue to work tirelessly to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and empower its youths to be economically self-reliant, wealth creators and co contributors to the development of the State and Nation.

Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara made this assertion during the 42nd Convocation Ceremony of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, in Port Harcourt on Saturday 27th April 2024.

Represented by his Deputy Professor Ngozi Nma Odu, Governor Fubara said his Administration is deliberately focused on quality education at all levels which is in line with his vision of ensuring that every citizen of Rivers State regardless of their social and economic background is empowered with quality education to enable them contribute to the building of a peaceful, secure and prosperous state where the benefit of good governance are available to all who live in it.

The Governor advised the grandaunts to be ambitious. Set realistic goals and have confidence in their abilities and work hard to actualize their aspirations for a better life in the face of daunting challenges.

“This is the only way to prove that the education you have received has truly prepared you to overcome the challenges you will face and with God’s help everything is possible. Remember that your graduation could not have come at a better time as your community, state and country all need your knowledge skills and contributions to help build a progressive and prosperous society that carter to the needs and wellbeing of all citizens”. The Governor further stressed.

The Visitor to the University reiterated the commitment of the State Government to continue to meet its financial obligations to the University, which includes the regular payment of staff salaries and release of subversions to enable it meet its staffing, academic and other developmental needs.

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