Gov Fubara Congratulates King Ateke at 60

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has declared that the worst days are over as he looks forward to a peaceful and better Rivers State.


Governor Fubara made the declaration while addressing guests and people of Krikese at the 60th birthday of King Ateke Michael Tom, Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom in Okochiri on Sunday.


The governor emphasised that his government will continue to identify with everything attributed to success especially in advancing the state. He said celebrating the 60th birthday of King Ateke Tom is one success that is worth identifying with as a man of immense honour and peace.


“As a government, it is our duty to make sure that we support our own. This is also when you are contributing to the peace and development of our state.”

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He congratulated the celebrant for his triple celebration which includes marking his birthday, celebrating both the honour bestowed on him by the Krikese people and the elevation of his stool from second class to first class by the State government.


“I am happy that my brother has chosen to thank God for this special honour in celebrating it with the people and I thank you for supporting him. I know that he may not be a perfect person, but in his little way he tries as much as he can to make peace his major gift to the people of Okrika. I also know, I don’t need to be told how much he spends to make sure people are happy.”

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“I identify with you and I want to appreciate you for standing with us, like I said the worst is over, what we are doing today is looking ahead and advancing the state. And I am happy that you are one of my allies.”


In his welcome address, the Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Transport, Chief Dr. Abiye Sekibo applauded Governor Siminalayi Fubara for attending the event describing him as the people’s governor, assuring him of the continuous support of the Okrika people.


He urged the governor to ignore any statement by any Ijaw group other than the Ijaw National Congress and thanked him for putting Rivers State first in all his development programmes.