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Fubara swears in 23 LGA caretaker chairmen after screening by Assembly

The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara has sworn-in 23 Local Government Council Caretaker Committee Chairmen, following the successful screening by State’s House of Assembly to…

The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara has sworn-in 23 Local Government Council Caretaker Committee Chairmen, following the successful screening by State’s House of Assembly to fill the vacancies created by the expiration of tenure of the former elected Council Chairmen on Monday, 17th June, 2024.

The tenure of the elected council chairmen in the 23 local government areas of Rivers State who were sworn in three years ago during Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration had expired on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Thus, in order not to create vacuum in the administration of the third tier of government in the State, the Governor in consultation with stakeholder nominated caretaker committee chairmen and they were successfully screened and confirmed for the appointment.

Consequently, the  new council chairmen are expected to hit the ground running to implementation Governor Fubara’s administration vision for a new Rivers State, considering the monumental damage done by the immediate past Chairmen.

They are, Abua/Odua LGA – Madigai Dickson, Ahoada East LGA – Hon. Happy Benneth Ahoada West LGA – Mr. Daddy John Green, Akuku Toru LGa – Otonye Briggs, Andoni LGA – Reginald Ekaan, Asari Toru LGA – Orolosoma Amachree, Bonny LGA – Alabota Anengi Barasua, Degema LGA – Anthony Soberekon, Eleme LGA – Brain Gokpa, Emouha LGA – David Omereji.

Others are, “Etche LGA – John Otamiri, Gokana LGA – Kenneth Kpeden, Ikwerre LGA – Darlington Orji, Khana LGA – Marvin Yobana, Obia/Akpor LGA – Chijioke Ihunwo, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA – Princewill Ejekwe, Ogu/Bolo LGA – Evans Bipi, Okrika LGA – Princess Ogan, Omuma LGA – Promise Reginala, Opobo/Nkoro LGA – Enyiada Cookey-Gam, Oyigbo LGA – – Gogo Philip, Port Harcourt LGA – Ichemati Ezebunwo and Tai LGA – Hon Matthew Dike.

In a statement, the G-60 lawmakers said, “It is on record that the Rivers State Local Government Councils chairmen whose tenure expired on Monday, the 17th day of June, 2024 had wrecked monumental havoc at the third tier of government in the state because they were acting a script handed over to them by an emperor who still wanted to maintain firm grip on the state even after his rein.

“Therefore, those chairmen now former heads of local government areas were recruited to derail the governor from his commitment to returning Rivers to its lost glory. The people of the state and Nigerians in general can not forget in a hurry how those fellows dared the governor almost on daily basis since he took over because they were exercising blind loyalty to a man who had put the oil rich state
in a dungeon for eight consecutive years.

“However, being a man of peace who is an apostle of rule of law and democratic ethos, Fubara patiently allowed them to finish their tenure and on Monday, June 17, the law had taken its course and they are off the stage and can not continue with their servitude to man who reduced Rivers to nothing but a big village when it is supposed to be on top over all states in the country.

“We therefore congratulate Governor Fubara, Speaker Victor Oko-Jumbo and the Rivers State House of Assembly for the emergence of Local Government Councils Caretaker Committees after the expiration of tenure of the former elected councils chairmen on Monday, the 17th day of June, 2024.

“Indeed, Governor Fubara’s commitment to rule of law and democratic principles is unequalled in the history of the state and Nigeria since 1999 when the military handed over power to civilians birthing the fourth republic. Whereas some governors, even in Rivers beginning with his predecessors remove local government chairmen as soon as they take over the reigns of power, his was a difference.

“Fubara allowed those chairmen who he inherited from Wike even when their loyalty was not to him but to their master who put them in office, the governor allowed them be in office till the end of their tenure on Monday, 17th June, 2024. This has put Fubara on the rightful path of posterity and Nigerian democratic turf.

“Again, for the newly appointed Caretaker Committees, we urge you to give unalloyed support and unwavering loyalty to Governor Fubara and the Oko-Jumbo- led Rivers State House of Assembly for the peace, stability and progress of the treasure base of Nigeria.”

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