BREAKING: Fubara sworn in as Rivers governor
Mr Siminalayi Fubara was on Monday sworn in as the fourth Governor of Rivers since 1999, while Prof. Ngozi Odu took oath of office as the Deputy Governor of the oil-rich state.
The oath of office was administered to the governor and his deputy in Port Harcourt, by the State Chief Judge, Justice Chibuzo Amadi.
Former Governor, Nyesom Wike handed over the flag of the state and an handover note to the new governor.
In his inaugural speech, Fubara thanked the people of Rivers for their dedication, resilience and commitment to democratic process.
He promised to consolidate on the gains recorded by the administration of his predecessor on infrastructure, economy, health, agriculture, security, education and youth empowerment, among others.
“Fellow Rivers people, today you have given me a great responsibility to preside over our state as Governor for the next four years. I’m genuinely touched by the spotlight and humbled by this honour.
“You have vested and invested your trust in us and the question is how can we provide effective good governance to meet your hope and expectations.
“Our response is simple and majestic. By today’s mandate you have asked for continuity in leadership of the state; you’ve asked for trust in developing Rivers State.
“Like a strong relay team we have accepted the baton to continue the race,” he said.
The governor said he would provide strong, determined, focused, purposeful and responsible leadership and assured the people that he was equal to the task and responsibilities ahead.
Fubara also thanked the former governor, the PDP Chairman and members in the state as well as other dignitaries that graced the occasion.
The ceremony was attended by former Governors of Benue, Samuel Ortom; Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose; Rivers, Peter Odili and his wife, Justice Mary Odili (rtd) as well as Justice Suzzet, wife of Gov. Wike, among other dignitaries.