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Rivers Governor Fubara prepares 2025 budget, says 26 opposition lawmakers seats remain vacant

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Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, announced on Wednesday that his administration has begun preparations for the 2025 budget, emphasizing key areas such as education, healthcare, and agriculture.

During a solidarity visit by opinion leaders, women, and youths of Etche and Omuma Local Government Areas, led by Ogbakor Etche at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Fubara reiterated that the seats of Martin Amaewhule and other lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) remain vacant.

He emphasized that their voluntary defection signifies their departure from the platform on which they were elected.

The governor expressed confidence that the defected lawmakers would eventually return, stating, “They will eventually return home because they desired it to be so when they voluntarily defected from the platform on which they won their election.”

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Nelson Chukwudi, Fubara urged the former lawmakers to recognize the ongoing progress in the state’s governance. He assured the public that his administration is committed to prioritizing critical sectors in the upcoming 2025 Appropriation Bill.

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“Let me assure you that agriculture is an area that we have promised the very special and peace-loving people of Rivers State that our 2025 budget, which we have already started preparing, will address,” Fubara said. He highlighted the importance of focusing on education, healthcare, and agriculture to improve the quality of life for the people of Rivers State.

Fubara also addressed the defectors directly, expressing his past support for them and underscoring the significance of unity. “Don’t bother about those people who are delusional. They think we are still sleeping. Let me tell you people so that they can hear anywhere they are,” he remarked.

The governor emphasized that the 2025 budget aims to provide quality healthcare services and education, stating, “Our children need to go to quality schools. Even if they can’t go to private schools, let them go to the public ones that have standards. We need to go to good health facilities owned by the government and get standard healthcare services.”

Fubara also linked agricultural development to job creation and crime reduction, asserting that engaging youths in productive activities would reduce crime rates and enhance state security.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to inclusivity and appreciation for those who have supported him throughout his career. However, Fubara clarified that loyalty does not equate to a loss of autonomy, asserting, “Being loyal does not mean losing one’s liberty, sense of discretion, and what is right, which is why I will not be a governor forced on his knees.”

As the governor continues to prepare the 2025 budget, his focus on critical sectors aims to ensure sustainable development and improve the well-being of Rivers State residents.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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