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Gov Fubara won’t look back, begins 2025 budget, marks health, education, agric, as priority zones

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Cross section of Etche and Omuma ethnic nationalities

By Ignatius Chukwu


Gov Sim Fubara seems unstoppable and is already talking of the 2025 budget.
This is at a time when the camp of the Minister of the FCT Abuja has given him deadline to bring the 2024 budget to them or…
The 2025 budget for Rivers State is already in the works, according to Gov Sim Fubara, who disclosed in Port Harcourt that healthcare, education, and agriculture would be topmost priorities.
The governor spoke in the face of a seven-day ultimatum given to him by the Nyesom Wike-backed lawmakers headed by Martin Amaewhule. He said those ones were no longer lawmakers as far as he was concerned.
He specifically said they stopped being lawmakers far back as December 13, 2023, when he said their seats were declared vacant. He may be referring to the declaration made by Edison Ehie, who was chosen then as speaker when the House of Assembly broke into two camps.
Now, Gov Fubara said that his administration has started preparing details of the 2025 Appropriation Bill, with priority placed on education, healthcare and agriculture.
Gov Fubara said the defected lawmakers were gone for allegedly defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform on which they won their election, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), voluntarily.
The governor spoke when he received on solidarity visit the leaders and people of Etche and Omuma local council area led by Ogbakor Etche to Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

The governor, who dismissed their recent statements as ‘noise-making from delusional folks’, urged the 25 lawmakers to wake up from their slumber to see the ship of governance in the State sailing on smoothly.

On the 2025 budget, he said, “Let me assure you that agriculture is an area that we have promised the very special and peace-loving people of Rivers State that our 2025 budget, which we have already started preparing, will address.”
He said his opponents thought he was still sleeping. “Let me tell you people so that they can hear anywhere they are. I wanted to help them, sincerely because I know them. And I have said it before, these are people that I have helped. I paid their children’s school fees. I paid their house rents. So, I wanted to help them.

Governor Fubara explained that the three priority areas that the 2025 budget will focus on would ensure that even if more roads will be constructed, emphasis would be placed on providing quality healthcare services to keep the people healthy, and that children of the state must attend quality schools and people must access standard healthcare.

“And when we get to the issue of agriculture, it will address the issue of unemployment. When we start engaging our youths, they wouldn’t have time to be involved in crime. So, our thinking is to secure and protect our State,” he added.

He made it clear that he was not fighting anybody. “If it is only being on our knees to rule that is the way that they will see us as being loyal, then, I will pack my few things that I have here, and go and relax in my house comfortably because it will be a disaster, not just to me but to everyone in the State and even my own generation.

Governor Fubara, in responding to the requests of the people, said his administration is working with the Nigeria Police in finding lasting solutions to the hydra-headed issue of herdsmen attacks on farmlands and farmers in the area while urging them to continue to provide vital information of strange people and their operations to the relevant authorities.

The Governor also promised to address the issue of illegal dredging activities in the area, and undertake reconstruction work on priority areas, including roads, schools and health facilities, just as he announced the donation of N50m to Ogbakor Etche Worldwide for the smooth running of the organisation.

In his speech, the Etche monarch, Emmanuel Opurum, said Etche and Omuma people would continue to give full support to Governor Fubara and ensure that his administration succeeds.

The Eze also said that the political crisis in Rivers State is an ill wind that will do no good to anybody and called on governors of the 36 States of the Federation to quickly summon a meeting to collectively find a lasting solution to the crisis, which should be communicated to President Bola Tinubu and eventually enforced.

On his part, the President-General of Ogbakor Etche Worldwide, Charles Nwonuala, said the Etche people came to pledge their unalloyed support, confidence and faith in him and his administration.

In his speech, Head of Rivers State Civil Service, George Nwaeke, said the Onyeisi Etche, the entire leadership structure plus 70 academic professors from Etche Nation, came together with women and youths to express solidarity to Governor Fubara to enable his administration succeed.

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