From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said that he is willing to work with people of goodwill and progressive ideas for partnerships that would make life better for the people and ensure sustainable development of the State.

This is even as he acknowledged the unwavering support demonstrated by both indigenes and residents of Azuabie-Okujaku communities in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, who have become good ambassadors of his administration.

Governor Fubara made the remark while addressing a delegation of the leadership and members of Azuabie-Okujaku communities who were on a peaceful solidarity walk to Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

The Head of Rivers State Civil Service, George Nwaeke, who received the delegation on behalf of the governor, noted the people’s support that was largely organic in nature.

He  added that it was evidence that they were taking back what rightly belongs to them by genuinely supporting the government they all voted into power.

He said, “You are the people that voted him into power, and that is why you have the right also to say that these are the things you need.

“The governor also recognises the contributions of your sons and daughters who have served the State in different ways. Your community is one of the greatest communities in the State because it has produced men that have contributed in no small measure to the growth of Rivers State.”

Governor Fubara said: “I want to beg of you, as you go home, let every person here be an ambassador, everybody in your community. Tell them that the Governor means well for his people.

“Tell your people that their governor is still sitting in the place they elected him to sit, and taking the right decisions. We know there could be people who may be tempted with money to be Judas. But, tell them to shun money. Tell them that what matters at this time is the people, and the governor is people-centred.”

Governor Fubara said he had listened and taken note of their requests concerning the state of public schools in their communities, among other issues that require attention.

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He commended them: “I want to even thank you that on your own, you made some community efforts to execute projects, whereas some people, when Government builds schools, they go and steal the things used in building the schools and destroy the schools.

“In your case, you used your own money to build some classrooms in your communities. The Governor will be very happy to hear this and your communities will be supported.

“I want to make one assurance to you: We have received your protest letter, we will not talk about them here, because already, the governor is thinking along those lines.

“The governor is thinking about making sure that our people live in a comfortable environment. I can assure you that your communities will receive maximum support.”

Speaking on behalf of Azuabie-Okujaku communities,  Tamunotonkaye Adolphus, said they were ardent supporters of the Governor Fubara-led administration, and were very impressed with his performance in office, accomplishments and peaceful disposition.

Adolphus explained that the people have fresh hope of government intervention in their communities because they were neglected by the immediate past administration, leaving their roads and public schools unattended to.

He expressed the belief that the governor Fubara-led administration will come to their aid by rehabilitating the 10 kilometre internal roads and the two public schools in the communities.

Also speaking, the Rivers State Gubernatorial Candidate for Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2023 general election, Sir Victor Fingesi, expressed excitement with Governor Fubara’s avowed commitment to harnessing the agricultural potential of the State.

He noted that it was the first time since 1999 that a governor was so convinced and determined to change the narrative in the agriculture sector, which can contribute to making Rivers State become competitive economically.

He called for strategic investments in the agriculture sector to guarantee food sufficiency and security, and reduce the scourge of hunger in the land, adding that it was only through such avenue that enduring peace and development can be achieved.

Fingesi pledged total support to Governor Fubara and his administration, saying that he was ready to work with the government to take the State to the next level.