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A Call for Unity and Restoration: A Statement from Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara

A Call for Unity and Restoration: A Statement from Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara


In the wake of recent tumultuous events within our beloved state, it is with a heavy heart that I find it necessary to address the concerning developments of the past few days.

Late on Sunday night, the sacred halls of the Rivers State House of Assembly were engulfed in flames, a distressing event that shook us all. Prompt action by the fire service and subsequent security measures averted further catastrophe. My immediate visit on Monday was to assess the extent of the damage and to initiate measures ensuring the safety of lives and property within the Assembly complex. I urged security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

What followed was deeply troubling: reports surfaced of a divided House, each faction claiming actions against its counterpart. This fracture has led to a political crisis, threatening the stability of our governance.

In times as critical as these, I extend my gratitude to His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, whose intervention paved the way for constructive dialogue, and to the esteemed elders who are currently engaged in resolving these pressing matters.

I wish to unequivocally emphasize that my efforts are solely directed towards reinstating peace and stability in our state. As a man devoted to peace and progress, I prioritize the advancement of our state above all else. No sacrifice is too great in the pursuit of this objective.

Furthermore, it is the shared duty of former Governor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, His Excellency Chief Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, GSSRS, and myself, along with our collective influence and positions, to harness these resources for the progress, security, and well-being of our people.

We must not allow circumstances that hinder our path to greatness prevail. I am resolutely committed to embracing the road to lasting peace and tranquility, aligning myself with all initiatives aimed at achieving this, led by Mr. President, fellow governors, and respected elders.

To the good people and youth of Rivers State, I assure you that peace will reign, and together, we will continue to strive for the advancement of peace, security, progress, and development in our state.

As Governor, I humbly extend my sincere apologies for the distressing events of the past few days. I thank you for your unwavering support, love, prayers, and concerns.

May the Almighty continue to bless our dear Rivers State.


His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, GSSRS, Governor of Rivers State

Upholding Financial Integrity: EFCC Chair Urges Accountability in MDAs

In a significant move toward fortifying financial integrity within government agencies, Ola Olukoyede, the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), underscored the imperative need for enhanced financial discipline and accountability within ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) across Nigeria.

During a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), led by Dr. Rabiu Olowo, Olukoyede emphasized the pivotal role of financial discipline in fostering economic growth and national development. He stressed the necessity for MDAs to elevate their financial reporting standards, highlighting the EFCC’s commitment to initiating internal reforms within these institutions.

“In our financial investigations, numerous malpractices in financial reporting, particularly within MDAs, have come to light. Our first step is internal reform before addressing issues within corporate bodies,” Olukoyede stated, emphasizing the urgency of these measures.

Acknowledging the seriousness of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration in propelling the nation forward, Olukoyede urged all government appointees to exhibit heightened responsibility and integrity in executing their duties. “The appointments made by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu reflect a strong commitment to advancing the country,” he affirmed.

Olukoyede assured Olowo of strengthened collaboration and alignment between the EFCC and the FRCN, identifying numerous areas for joint action between the two agencies. “As a regulator of accounting standards and a law enforcement agency, our collaboration will significantly contribute to the progress of our nation,” he emphasized.

Highlighting the shared values between the EFCC and the FRCN, Olowo stressed the necessity for collective efforts in upholding corporate governance rules and enforcing standards in both public and private organizations. “Our shared values and mandates underscore the potential for effective collaboration. We aim to jointly enforce reporting standards and codes of corporate governance,” Olowo stated.

This collaborative effort between the EFCC and the FRCN signifies a pivotal step in reinforcing financial accountability and ethical practices within government agencies. By leveraging their respective mandates, these agencies aim to set higher standards and ensure adherence to financial reporting guidelines, ultimately contributing to Nigeria’s progress and anti-corruption efforts.

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