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Fubara swears in 8 new commissioners, says “I didn’t start governing fully until this February”



Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has sworn-in eight new commissioners as members of the State Executive Council (SEC) late Tuesday night.

The eight commissioners included: Hon. Prince Charles Bekee; Barrister Collins Onunwo; Hon. Prince Solomon Abel Eke; Dr Peter Medee; Hon. Elloka Tasie Amadi; Hon Basoene Joshua Benibo; Mr Tambari Sydney Gbara, and Dr Ovy Orluideye Chinendum Chukwuma.

Swearing-in the new commissioners at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Fubara charged them to cultivate the culture of keeping accurate records of their dealings in their various ministries of assignment.

Fubara added that he did not start governing the state fully until February 2024.

Though he assumed office in May, Fubara said he did not start taking decisions until February this year – eight months after taking office.

He said since he started confronting governance fully in February, he had done remarkably well and earned the commendation of the people.

Fubara has been embroiled in a political crisis with his predecessor and estranged political godfather, Nyesom Wike.

Last October, he survived an impeachment plot by members of the Rivers State House of Assembly loyal to Wike.

His words: “We are just starting but I assure you more attention. If in four months we can do this, and we are getting this level of applause, you can imagine what will happen when we do one year of our record time and two years of our own record time. Rivers State would have experienced something different from the regular governance.

“I know why I said four months. We started full governance in February 2024. That was when we started making decisions when we started confronting governance. And I am proud to say that our people are happy with what we have done.

“What we want to do is to bring governance to our people, service delivery at record time, and in a cost-effective way.”

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