‘Not deterred,’ Fubara responds to Appeal Court ruling on Rivers Assembly


Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara stated on Friday that there is no reason to be concerned about the Appeal Court’s decision on the State House of Assembly crisis.

The governor, speaking during an inspection of the reconstruction of the Zonal Hospital project in Bori Town, the headquarters of the Khana Local Government Area of the state, stated that the appellate court’s decision on the assembly crisis has not deterred him.

“I want to assure you and the people of Rivers State that we are not deterred. We have made our promises, we will continue to give you good governance, no matter how difficult it is,” he said.

Moving On

On Thursday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja dismissed the order of a Rivers High Court which restrained Martin Amaewhule and 24 others from parading themselves as lawmakers of the State Assembly.

A three-member panel of the appellate court led by Jimi Olukayode-Bada, held that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, as such matters can only be heard and determined before a Federal High Court.

But Fubara said the worst is over, saying he has moved on to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State.

“But, like I said before, the worst is over. We are moving on to ensure that we continue to provide what is needed for the development of our state.

“I know that a lot of you will be wondering what is going on and all that. Government has its own challenges. If you go to the book of Psalm 23 verse 5, in the Bible, it said that God prepares a table before you; it can be before anybody. But there is an underlined word that should be noted here: it said ‘in the presence of your enemies’. So, it means that nothing comes easy.”

Campaign Promises

Noting that every government has its challenges, Fubara said that the present situation will not deter him from delivering his campaign promises.

Fubara explained that his administration did not meet any functional Zonal Hospital, stressing that because it wanted quality healthcare facilities for the people, funds were released about a month ago for the reconstruction and expansion of four zonal hospitals.

He also expressed satisfaction that the contractors appeared committed and had shown that they understood the dream and aspirations of his administration, and were aligning to help it fulfil promises to the people.

“You could remember that I did promise our people that one of the most important areas our budget for the year 2025 will focus on is healthcare, education and agriculture.

“As part of what we did promise our people in the year 2024, that all the Zonal Hospitals, we will do our best to ensure that they come up and are put to use, we are here to inspect the extent of work that is ongoing.

“When we met them (hospitals), their conditions were really bad. There was no accommodation for the medical officers, the doctors, the nurses, and we also added a mortuary to have a full package of what a hospital should be,” he added.

The governor assured that when completed and put to use, the facilities will meet the healthcare needs of the people within the catchment areas, and address key issues in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and policy objectives of his administration.

Fubara was accompanied on the inspection tour by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Ore; the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Victor Kii, while the Chairman, the Caretaker Committee of the Council, Marvin Yobana was on the ground to receive him and his team.