I Have Moved On With Governance Despite Political Pressure — Fubara 

During a Government House event, Fubara underlined the administration's commitment to good governance.

Fubara emphasizes the importance of governance in putting the needs of the people first, mentioning programs for empowerment such as the N4 billion single-digit loan program for MSMEs. In spite of political unrest, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has confirmed that his administration is committed to providing focused leadership and governance.

Addressing members of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, led by Chairman Hon. Mike Etaba, Fubara emphasized the administration’s commitment to effective governance during a Government House, Port Harcourt gathering.

Fubara acknowledged that there had been difficulties in the past and cited Devil’s Advocate as an inspiration. The film shows how pressure may either weaken or strengthen resolve. He restated the administration’s steadfast commitment to improving the welfare of the people.

He said, “As far as we are concerned, there are no political issues. I saw a movie many years ago, Devil’s Advocate.’ I believe some of you must have seen that movie, too.

“One of the starring characters, Al Pacino, said that pressure makes some people retreat or fail, and to others, it makes them focus to succeed. We have chosen to be focused under this pressure.

“That is why we are moving ahead. That is why we are making a positive impact on the lives of our people. Governance is about the people. It is not about self.

“Governance is about touching the core needs of those we are leading, and by the special grace of God, we are doing it.”

Governor Fubara pointed to the empowerment of about 3,066 Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) when he flagged off the N4 billion single-digit loan scheme in conjunction with the Bank of Industry (BOI) Limited on Friday as one way his Administration is improving the socio-economic dynamics of the State.

“Yesterday, by the special grace of God, we observed the credit line of over 3,066 persons empowered. You can imagine what that will do for the economy of the masses and the State. That is touching the lives of our people. It does not support them for selfish reasons. It does not give a contract because I want somebody to fight somebody in my community. No. This is empowering the economy of the masses and the State.

“Our focus is that, no matter what anybody is doing anywhere, we will not lose focus. We want to leave here better than we had met it. And we want to also leave here without fear of anything.”

The governor emphatically said, “That is what we want to hear so that when our names are mentioned when we are no more, they will say, ‘ That man is a good man’.

“We will not oppress anybody. We will not force anybody against their will. We will not intimidate anybody because intimidation has a time when it expires.

“When the time of intimidation expires, even as recorded of Pharaoh in the Bible, who intimidated the children of Israel, but it got to a time that the intimidation no longer worked. So, any bad thing with a beginning will have an end. That is why I said we don’t have any problem. We have put that crisis behind us. We are looking ahead.”

“Leadership and respect in leadership is not earned by force. It is your style that brings respect and love. And what we are doing is to respect our people, and in turn, our people are giving us that support for leadership.

“So, I am happy that you are here, and when you go back, tell others your side of the story: that Rivers State is moving forward. Forget about what you see on social media; there is progress everywhere here. There is light everywhere.”

In response, Hon. Mike Etaba reiterated the committee’s commitment to addressing petitions with diligence and fairness, citing the case of the “Bridge Gap Initiative,” a non-governmental organization (NGO) petitioning on behalf of companies in the Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout of Rivers State.

Fubara’s message underscores his administration’s resilience and dedication to effective governance despite past challenges, emphasizing transparency, progress, and the pursuit of justice.

The future is full with chances and difficulties for the administration of Governor Fubara as it continues to manage the intricacies of Rivers State governance. One thing is certain in spite of the unknowns that lie ahead: Governor Fubara’s steadfast dedication to providing effective government and focused leadership will continue to spur constructive development and transformation in the state. Governor Fubara is creating the foundation for a better and more prosperous future for all Rivers State citizens by putting the needs of the people first, empowering local communities, and handling political constraints with poise and fortitude.

In the midst of political unrest and instability, Governor Siminalayi Fubara is a shining example of strong leadership and capable administration. In spite of political pressure and obstacles, Governor Fubara is unwavering in his resolve to put the needs of the people first and lead significant projects that enhance the quality of life for Rivers State citizens. Governor Fubara is an inspiration to leaders everywhere because of his constant commitment to serving the people, even as he continues to manage the challenges of governing.

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