The Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has declared that he will not succumb to any form of intimidation and blackmail that may threaten his mandate to serve, protect and improve the welfare of the state.
He made this declaration on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the 115th and 116th combined Quarterly General Meeting of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, where he reaffirmed his commitment to serve with humility, sincerity and accountability.
He said: “Rivers State is our common heritage, and I have the responsibility as the Governor to protect, defend and advance it. I assure you that I will not fail in this duty nor will I surrender our mandate and progress to intimidation, blackmail and deliberate sabotage. I restate my commitment to the path of peace as there is nothing to gain in a state of needless crisis.”
Governor Fubara also said that he would take drastic measures to enhance education, healthcare and other social services across the state, so that no part, including the rural areas, would be left behind.
He said that the 2024 budget of the state would prioritize and allocate sufficient funds to create universal access to affordable and quality education and healthcare services in Rivers State.
He urged the traditional rulers to be upright and royal fathers of integrity who do not compromise their neutrality.
He also enjoined them to be courageous to speak truth to power so that they do not lose their moral authority and legitimacy before their people.