Councilors’ Forum raises alarm over plot by Council Chairmen to destabilize Rivers State

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The Rivers State Councilors’ Forum has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by Local Government Chairmen to mobilize some miscreants in the guise of the Councilors’ forum to cause mayhem in the state.

According to the forum, even though Governor Siminialayi Fubara has been prompt in the payment of the salaries of all civil servants as well as the political class, some local government Chairmen and Councilors are plotting to sabotage his administration in the guise of protest.

The Councilors’ Forum, in a communiqué at the end of their meeting held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, noted that Governor Fubara has paid salaries promptly, and his projects and programs are “very visible and people-oriented.”

The communiqué was jointly signed by Rt. Hon. Reginald Promise Leader, Omuma Legislative Council; Rt. Hon. Larry ID Ibaningo, Leader, Bonny Legislative Council; Rt. Hon. Christian Ewah, Leader, Ahoada West Legislative Council; Rt. Hon. Samuel Manilla, Leader, Opobo/Nkoro Legislative Council; and Rt. Hon. Bernard Unwe ThankGod, Ahoada East Legislative Council.

They urged the people of Rivers State and the general public to disregard any group of persons in any guise who plan to cause any form of security breach in the State.

They called on Governor Fubara to call the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of DSS to beef up security within and around the State.

The forum assured the Governor of their “unalloyed and unwavering support” to his administration, adding that the people of Rivers State are strongly behind him.

The communiqué read, “Our attention has been drawn to a purported plot by the Local Government Chairmen to mobilize some miscreants in the guise of Councillors forum to cause mayhem in the state.
“The Chairmen whose tenure is winding down in few days time, have resorted to making unwarranted and unguided statements to sabotage the government of His Excellency, Ama-Opusenibo Sir. Siminialayi Fubara, GSSRS, KSC.

“It is on record that His Excellency has paid all civil servants as well as the political class, hence any kind of political sabotage in the guise of protest amounts to nothing but a nuisance by the Chairmen and the Councilors

“His Excellency, Ama-Opusenibo Sir. Siminialayi Fubara GSSRS, KSC, the Governor of Rivers State is passionate, dedicated and committed to service delivery to the people of Rivers State, it can only take those that do not mean well for the State to oppose the proactive and people driven policies of His Administration.

“His Excellency has paid salaries promptly, and his projects and programs are very visible and people oriented

“In fact, there’s no better time to speak, than now, on how wicked, greedv and self centered these Chairmen have been in their ill-mannered treatment meted out on the Councillors and LGAs at large.

“These Chairmen receive timely huge amounts of allocations and IGRs. yet they have done little to show for it, say for one or two LGAs that actually used the funds judiciously to the benefit of the people of their LGAs

“It is interesting to know that, Councillors under the dispensation of these LGA Chairmen have been nothing short of slaves. No wardrobe all wances, no trainings, car loans, no consiliency projects in our various Wards, no severance package, not even a conducive legislative l for us to do ou efforts of His Excellency

“Some LGA Chairmen, up till this moment, have refused to present their Budgets; yet, they have been appropriating funds without following due process. That is how high-handed and corrupt they have become.

“This is the reason they are illegally clamoring through the back door to elongate their tenure in office, which we (Councillors) are not part of it, and disassociate ourselves from such.

“Their actions are nothing short of greed and selfishness, as they have planned on how not to pay salaries in the months of April and May, but for the intervention of His Excellency. We wish to thank His Excellency for this kind intervention.

“In the light of the foregoing, we the Legislative Council Leaders, on behalf of the Councillors Forum, call on His Excellency, the good people of Rivers State and the general public to disregard any group of persons in any guise who plan to cause any form of security breach in the State. We therefore, call on His Excellency to call the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of DSS to beef up security within and around the State.

“We assure of our unalloyed and unwavering support to his administration, and we are certain that the people of Rivers State are strongly with His Excellency anytime any day.”

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