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UPDATED: Rivers Crisis: Abuja Peace Agreement Political, Not Constitutional – Fubara Warns Detractors

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April 03, (THEWILL) – Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara has warned detractors not to misinterpret his respect to honour the peace agreement reached in Abuja at the intervention of President Bola Tinubu as a sign of weakness.

Warning that he won’t allow anybody to messed with, maltreat or abused those working with him, Fubara said the peace agreement was only a political solution and not constitutional.

Governor Fubara spoke on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, when he received members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) from the 23 local government areas on a solidarity rally at Government House Gate.

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THEWILL reports that his remarks is coming less than a week after the Rivers Assembly, threatened to resume impeachment proceedings against the governor.

While addressing a press conference in Port Harcourt on Saturday, House Speaker Martin Amaewhule, flanked by 26 members of the chamber loyal to FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, accused Fubara of refusing to fulfil his part of the Abuja Peace Agreement.

But in a seeming response to the lawmakers, Governor Fubara in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Nelson Chukwudi, said he had been inundated with comments in the media about the implementation of the peace initiative but chose to remain silent out of maturity and wisdom.

Fubara, who emphasised that the peace deal initiated by President Bola Tinubu and accepted by all stakeholders including him was a political solution to the crisis that engulfed the State on October 30,2023, said he immediately begin the implementation of the agreement solely because of his respect for the President.

Noting that some persons had taken his humility and compliance as a sign of weakness, the Governor warned that he will surprise those who consider his honest decision to implement the presidential peace accord.

His words; “Let me say it here for record purposes: What is happening here in our dear State is somebody who has respect for an elder

“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.

“For our people, the great and wonderful people of Rivers State, we will continue to lead you with the fear of God. Maturity is not about age, maturity is in the person. It is what defines the character of a person. I chose 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 up with, maltreated or abused in the cause of administering this governance.”

Governor Fubara said the large number of NULGE members further goes to prove the nature of the organic support his administration has continued to enjoy from the people of the State.

“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”, he said, adding that he was mindful of the legacy he would bequeath after his tenure.

“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”, he added.

Governor Fubara also said local government workers have started receiving N30,000.00 minimum wage with promotion to be implemented beginning from April salary payment.

He 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.

In his speech, the Rivers State chairman of NULGE, Apostle Clifford Paul, said they were on a thank-you rally to show appreciation for his love for the workers.

He said the Governor changed their fortune and restored 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 Ayedele, who represented his National President, said they were delighted with the pro-people policies of the governor, particularly for ending the stagnancy and frustration workers suffered.

Ayedele assured Fubara of the continued support of the union both at the State and national levels 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 hsve 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”, he 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.

Agwanwor warned that NLC will not hesitate to occupy anywhere used by the Rivers State House of Assembly should they begin another impeachment proceedings against the governor.

He warned that 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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