Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has declared that his administration is not fighting anybody, but preoccupied with delivering on his mandate of taking care of the needs of the people, and protecting the interest of the state.
Fubara stated this while flagging-off the construction of 20,000 housing units for low income earners in the state at Mbodo-Aluu, along International Airport Road in Ikwerre Local Government Area on Friday.
The governor stated this despite the running battle he has been having with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, and some members of the state House of Assembly.
He explained that in protecting the interest of the state, his administration will continue to do what is right before God and men while encouraging a robust participation of the people in governance.
He said, “For our people, I want to assure you, our government has nothing to do with fighting anybody.
“Our governance is to take care and defend our people. I can assure you here that this is the beginning of our service to the people of Rivers State.
“It is not service to the elite but to the poor and low income earners. Those are the people we want to stand with and we are standing with them from today.”
Fubara noted that his administration has started a new history with the 20,000 units of housing by giving new hope to Rivers people, particularly the poor.
He assured all that in a few months, the first phase of the project will be completed and the housing units allocated to low income earners through a transparent process.
“I want to also say it here, let it also be my own commitment that this facility, once it commences and gets to the stage of allotment, it will go to the rightful people and not one big man to allocate to his family.
“It will be transparent so that the targeted people will access and benefit from it,” he stated.
Fubara remarked that his administration has started reaping from its open door policy because opportunities like economic empowerment, access to housing and other benefits are now in the offing for the people.
He added, “First of all, we need to give our people hope and today, I believe that everybody in our dear state has seen that light.
“How did we come about this magic? We opened our doors for negotiation and opportunities, knowing that government cannot do it alone. We had to invite people that are ready to invest in our state.
“I make bold to say it, Rivers State is a safe haven for investment. What we are doing today is to let the world know it, and not what you hear in the media.
“I tell you that Rivers State is safe and secured for anybody anywhere to come and invest. Your investment is safe in our hands.”
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