President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has made a solemn commitment to revamp the Eleme Axis of the East-West Road in Nigeria’s Rivers State as an expression of gratitude for the state’s unwavering support of his administration.
The Nigerian leader made this significant announcement during a cordial gathering with a 62-member delegation from Rivers State, located in the South-South region of Nigeria. The delegation was under the distinguished leadership of the State’s Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
In his meeting with the Rivers State delegation at the State House in Abuja, President Tinubu earnestly implored the assembled representatives to collectively safeguard the nation’s investments in this vital region. President Tinubu firmly asserted that neither Rivers State nor Nigeria, as a whole, should be associated with poverty, insecurity, or underdevelopment. He assured everyone that, under his steadfast leadership, this narrative would be fundamentally and enduringly transformed.
In regard to infrastructural development within Rivers State, President Tinubu specifically addressed the Eleme Junction-Onne axis of the East-West Road, which connects to the Port Harcourt Refinery. He also stated that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, would diligently follow up on this matter to ensure prompt action.
He emphatically declared, “We are not lazy people. We are richly endowed. We just need to be our brother’s keeper, and good neighbours to one another. I am not a President that will give excuses. I will work hard for our nation with purpose, determination and dedication to create wealth for all Nigerians. We have no reason to be poor! We will not look back, we will run aggressively forward.”
He continued, “Today, we may be swimming against the tide. But the waves will soon propel us forward from behind. We will achieve the goals and dreams of our forefathers. I am inspired by the nation of people I now lead.”
Addressing the younger generation, President Tinubu urged patience with the governmental processes, emphasizing that every effort was being made to reverse the prevailing trends.
“I am the Captain and Chief Salesman of the country. We have to reverse the trend and achieve possibilities within a short period. Our people have high expectations for us. I pledge to work hard, and I pray to God to put me on the right path, not to disappoint Nigerians,” President Tinubu concluded.
In response, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State conveyed the delegation’s deep gratitude to the President. This delegation comprised leaders of various political parties, current and former members of both the State and National Assemblies from across party lines who had come together on a mission of solidarity and gratitude.
“The people of Rivers State voted for you in the last general elections based on their belief in fairness, equity and justice. This is the first time that Rivers State is truly feeling the impact of the federal government since the inception of democracy in 1999,” Governor Fubara stated.
The Governor expressed the delegation’s sincere appreciation for the President’s appointments of highly capable sons and daughters of Rivers State to strategically significant positions within his administration.
Governor Fubara particularly singled out the appointment of Barr. Nyesom Wike as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Ajuri Ngelale as Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity and Official Spokesperson of the President, and other illustrious sons and daughters of Rivers State into various roles, including the Boards and Management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other institutions.
The delegation also featured former members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State, the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state, esteemed royal figures, clergymen from Rivers State, youth leaders, women leaders, the Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Party, the representative of the People’s Democratic Party in the State, and the Chairpersons of local government areas within Rivers State.