·As Fubara signs first bill dripping with N200Bn
By Ignatius Chukwu
Rivers State has got its highest annual budget ever, N750Bn. This has happened in the first year of Sir Siminalayi Fubara as governor.
Barely 37 days after becoming governor of Rivers State, Sim Fubara has signed his first bill, probably becoming the first new governor in the present dispensation to initiate a bill and et it signed.
Today, thus, Fubara signed the supplementary budget of N200 billion recently passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The governor stated that his administration is poised to begin construction work on the proposed Port Harcourt Ring Road and that the project will connect communities across several local government areas.
Speaking after signing into law the Rivers State Supplementary Appropriation Law No. 4 of 2023, presented to him by the Leader of the House, Hon. Edison Ehie, at the Executive Chamber of Government House on Friday, Governor Fubara restated his resolve to actualize projects and ideas bequeathed to him by the previous administration, which will improve the lives of Rivers people.
He said “Let me on behalf of the Executive arm of government commend you for your prompt response to the Supplementary Budget. We are a product of consolidation and continuity, we will implement every good idea by the previous administration geared towards improving the lives of Rivers people.”
The governor noted that as a government run by seasoned administrators who are dedicated to advancing the fortunes of the State with a high standard set above personal levels of comfort, it is essential that other arms of government key into the structure so that together, we will prove critics wrong while delivering services and projects that will better Rivers State and its people.
Fubara, who announced that he will soon sign the contract papers and eventually flag off the 50.15 Kilometers Port Harcourt Ring Road as a legacy project, assured that his administration will continue to do the right thing within the New Rivers Vision.
In presenting the law, Leader of the House, Edision Ehie, explained that the principal law – 2023 Budget, was altered by injecting a subhead that is dedicated to addressing the multifaceted Port Harcourt Ring Road project that would unveil the socio-economic potentials of the state and put it on a competitive status in Africa.
In his remark, Speaker of the House, Martin Amaewhule, said lawmakers had watched with admiration the impressive performance of the administration of Fubara and assured that the legislature would continue to offer requisite support to achieve success.
With the additional N200bn Supplementary Budget to the initial N550bn Budget, the total Rivers State budget for the 2023 fiscal year is now N750bn, placing Rivers State second to Lagos State.