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Fubara presents first-year scorecard, says ‘the worst is over’

Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, on Wednesday presented his administration’s scorecard of the past year, stating that he faced a series of challenges months after mounting the saddle, but the worst was over.

He noted that much had changed in the political landscape after he took the oath of office exactly one year ago. He said despite the challenges, his administration had remained true to the agreement he made to put Rivers State first, defend its interests and ensure that the people get the benefits of democracy and good governance.

During the scorecard presentation, part of its one-year anniversary activities, Fubara said: “We started this journey with a bang. We were focused. We were determined to implement the promised change with a sense of urgency.

“But somehow we suddenly found ourselves in the cesspool of crisis, just three months into our term. It was not just an ordinary political crisis. It was a brutal existential crisis. But thank God the worst is over. We have successfully defended our right and opportunity to govern our state and promote progress in freedom, and we will continue to prevail.”

Explaining the reasons behind the presentation, Governor Fubara said: “For us, any government worth its name must be responsible, responsive and responsible for the security and well-being of the people. Now that we have spent a year managing the affairs of our state, including providing public resources, it is only appropriate that we be held accountable with a public presentation of our achievements.

“I am therefore pleased to stand before you to present our scorecard for our first year in office as the executive arm of the Rivers State government.

“Recall that we have pledged to deliver our core priorities of economic growth, infrastructure, healthcare, education and agriculture to our people, as contained in our Blueprint for Building a Virile, Resilient and Progressive State that meets the needs of the people .

“Today I am proud to say that despite unprecedented challenges, our first year was marked by significant achievements that we can all see and testify to.”

He announced that he had inherited from inception 34 incomplete road projects worth over N225.279 billion spread across 13 local government areas of the state, adding that his vision was to see the day “when all Rivers States will be connected by roads and bridges, which only government can make possible in collaboration with the private sector and our development partners.”

He added that apart from the inherited incomplete road projects, his government had gone ahead with the construction of nine new road projects with a net worth of N534.332 billion. Prominent among them are Port Harcourt’s two-carriage ring road; Ndoni Link Road Onita Creek in Onelga, Umuakali-Eberi Road in Omuma LGA and the Trans-Kalabari Road.

“I would like to emphasize that with a combined cost of 528.6 billion naira, the 50.15 kilometer Port Harcourt Ring Road, the dualization of Elele-Egbeda-Omoku road and the Trans-Kalabari road projects are the three most ambitious road projects ever . carried out by a governor in Rivers State.

“It is also necessary to reiterate that only the Port Harcourt Ring Road is financed with borrowed money. The Elele-Egbeda-Omoku road and the Trans-Kalabari road will be financed from the savings accrued from our greatly improved IGR and other revenues.”

He assured that he was committed to completing these ambitious road projects within the lifetime of this administration “to promote interconnectivity across the state, improve movement of goods and services and enhance socio-economic development of the affected communities and the entire is generally able to accelerate. .

“It is also pertinent to note that the financing of these road projects has not had a profound impact on the government’s ability to deliver other projects and services to the state and our people.”

On education, the governor hinted that tens of billions of naira have been spent on the completion of the various inherited, incomplete and new projects at the various levels of the education system in the state.

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According to him, the projects include the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some secondary schools, the completion of the Convocation Arena at the University of Port Harcourt, the payment of the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Examination Council, and the provision of textbooks.

He stated that his administration’s commitment to promoting the health, safety and well-being of all residents cannot be overstated. “It is for this reason that we have made healthcare a priority of our government and committed funds to achieving this fundamental objective.

“We finally approved the implementation of the revised consolidated salary scheme for doctors and the recruitment of 1,000 medical staff into the state’s medical services.

On economic growth and security, Fubara said; “We inherited a state whose economy had remained on a downward trajectory despite its growth potential, and we needed to change this negative narrative for the better.

“We also needed to attract investments into the state and grow our internally generated revenue base as over-reliance on federal allocations posed a challenge to achieving our development goals. That’s why we’ve established an IGR/Investment Advisory Committee to help us chart our course toward increased economic investment and internally generated revenues to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and promote the well-being and well-being of our people.

“A year later, we believe we are succeeding. Our internally generated revenue witnessed an astronomical increase from N12 billion naira to between N17 billion naira during off-peak and N28 billion naira during peak months.

“We prioritized the safety of lives and property by supporting security forces to do what they know best.

“Our safety and security efforts and strategies are delivering the desired results, with lower crime rates in our homes, offices, communities and neighborhoods.

“Our liberalized, business-friendly economic policies and programs build confidence and attract local and international investors and investments into the state, judging by the expressions of interest offers we receive every month.

“We have kept our taxes low, frozen taxes on small businesses across the state and increased the ease of doing business in the state by removing bureaucratic bottlenecks. No request for the signing of an occupancy certificate will remain in my office for more than two days unless I am otherwise engaged for more than two days or out of town.”

Speaking further, the Rivers Governor said looking back, his administration has put the state first and done things for all, and that he was as excited as anyone about what his administration had achieved in the past year with hard work, dedication and determination .

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