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Presidential Peace Pact: If you dare me, I’ll surprise you, Fubara draws battle line with Wike, Assembly members

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.Says peace agreement not a sign of weakness
.Vows to surprise detractors
.As NLC, NULGE declare total support for Rivers Gov

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Emmanuel Nlewedum, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has finally broken silence on the numerous attacks on him for not
implementing two points of the peace pact brokered by president Bola Tinubu, warning that he will surprise those who consider his honest decision to comply with the presidential resolution as a sign of weakness.

Governor Fubara who spoke while receiving members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) from the 23 local government areas of the state, who were on a solidarity visit to Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday said, he had been inundated with several comments in the media about the implementation of the peace initiative, and had chosen to be silent out of maturity and wisdom.

He noted that it was important to put the records straight for clarity, and explained that when President Bola Tinubu intervened in the political crisis that engulfed the State on October 30, 2023, the agreement that was accepted was a political solution.

The Governor said, he had since then commenced implementation of the agreement, solely because of his respect for President Tinubu, but cautioned that it appears that other political actors have taken his humility and compliance as a sign of weakness.

“Let me say it here for record purposes: What is happening here in our dear State is somebody who has respect for an elder. Mr. President invited all the parties to Abuja, and came out with a resolution that we should go and implement. That resolution, I am implementing it. It is not a constitutional implementation. It is a political solution to a problem.

“And I am doing it because of the respect I have for Mr President. But, let me say it here, if that action that I have accepted to take would be seen as a weakness, I will surprise them. I want this message to go to them.”

The Governor further stated that he was mindful of the legacy he would bequeath after his tenure, thus his decision to put the interest of the state first in all ramifications, noting that the positive response and excitement from residents has gone to prove the nature of the organic support his Administration has continued to enjoy from the people.

“Some days ago, somebody said we are busy renting crowd for thanksgiving. But what I have seen here today, it’s not different from what is happening at those thanksgiving rallies. People are just appreciating God and good governance.

“It should also be about the lives that have been touched genuinely; about the policies implemented without any inducement to better the lives of the people and the society.

“When you are doing what is right, I will stand by you. Nobody, whether full or half is going to intimidate you. Brace up, I say brace up, because the next step, it will be fire for fire in Rivers State. Everything will be implemented.”

The governor who promised to lead Rivers people with the fear of God, noted that local government workers have already started receiving N30,000.00 minimum wage with promotion to be implemented beginning from April’s salary payment. He also promised to set in motion plans to finalise modalities for the implementation of the Consolidated Salary Scale for Grade Level 17, and regular payment of benefits to the local government service retirees.

“Maturity is not about age, maturity is in the person. It is what defines the character of a person. I choose not to respond to people that I assumed are matured, but are obviously immature in attitude.

“I will continue to be mature, not minding my age, but I will not, for any reason, allow myself or anybody who is working with me in this Administration to be messed with, maltreated or abused in the cause of administering this governance.”

Speaking earlier, the Rivers State NULGE Chairman, Apostle Clifford Paul, told the Governor that they were on a Thank-You Rally to show appreciation for his love for the workers by changing their fortunes and restoring hope in them when he directed the payment of N30,000.00 minimum wage to the workers, and lifted the right-year ban on promotion, which has now placed them at par with their counterparts across the country.

On his part, the Deputy General Secretary of NULGE, Comrade Ajewole Ayodele, who represented his National President, said they were delighted with the pro-people policies of Governor Fubara, particularly for ending the stagnancy and frustration workers suffered.

Comrade Ayodele assured the Governor of the continued support of the union both at the State and national level to his Administration.

“At our last NEC meeting, when he (State Chairman) was reporting to us that you have done series of things to local government staff, because from history, Rivers State has been a source of mockery to other states in Nigeria when it comes to welfare of local government staff.

“When he said it, somebody from the North said, that means this new Governor has tried to part away from what he met on ground, because we have been asking: how on earth is it possible that workers will be on duty for eight years without promotion?

“But for your wisdom that you have done it for us, we too are going to reciprocate. And I want to assure you, Your Excellency, that anytime you call on us, we are going to come out enmasse to associate with you, to solidarize with you, to continue to pray for you, because of your commitment to our welfare and service,” the national officer added.

On his part, the Rivers State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Alex Agwanwor, said workers have resolved to stand with Governor Fubara because he has demonstrated his love, put smile on their faces and advanced the welfare and growth of the State.

Comrade Agwanwor warned that NLC will not hesitate to occupy anywhere used by the Rivers State House of Assembly members led by Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, should they begin another impeachment proceedings against the Governor.

He noted that in addition, organised labour would be forced to withdraw their members working with the lawmakers, if they decide to throw caution to the wind.

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