I’ve moved on with governance despite political pressure – Fubara

fubara 1

I've moved on with governance despite political pressure – Fubara …C0NTINUE READING HERE >>>

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has said the pressure from the political crisis in the state has been weathered sufficiently, giving way for his administration to provide focused leadership and governance.

He said this when he hosted members of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, led by its Chairman, Hon. Mike Etaba, at Government House, Port Harcourt, on Saturday night.

The governor said that as long as his administration and Rivers people were concerned, there is no more political issue of note.

Making reference to a movie he had seen long time ago, Fubara explained how the pressure from the crisis served as an enabler to strengthen his commitment to serve.

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

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

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

“Governance is about touching the core needs of those people 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 N4billion 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 is not supporting them for selfish reasons. It is not giving 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 are not going to lose focus. We want to leave here better than we had met it. And we want to also leave here without fear of anything.”

Fubara said it is more desirable for a public leader to relish in the accolades from the majority of the people, who by exploring the conducive climate that is provided, could feed themselves and pay school fees of their children.

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 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 that has a beginning, will have an end. So, that is why I said we don't have any problem. We have put that crisis behind us. We are looking ahead.”

The governor told his guests to dismiss the negative social media reports portraying the state as a place immersed in uncontrollable violence, and juxtapose it with what they have personally witnessed so that they can be better ambassadors of the State.

“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 own side of the story: that Rivers State is moving forward. Forget about what you see in the social media, there is progress everywhere here. There is light everywhere.”

Fubara further told the committee members to note that it is normal for people to seek redress when they feel that their right had been trampled upon.

But he advised that when such complains come to them, they should be thorough with their investigation, be fair and make their resolutions devoid of bias.

In his address, the leader of the delegation explained that they came into Port Harcourt on the basis of a petition that is before the House and referred to the Committee.

He mentioned the petitioner as “Bridge Gap Initiative”, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in respect to some of the companies operating in the Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout of Rivers State.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.