President Bola Tinubu has made a commitment to eliminate poverty and insecurity while also addressing the infrastructure needs of the Eleme Axis on the East-West road.
He expressed this during a visit from a 62-member delegation from Rivers State, which included leaders from both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday, September 14, 2023, Tinubu emphasized the importance of working together for sustainable development and stressed that Nigerians should not remain in poverty.
He pledged to work diligently and purposefully to create wealth for all citizens, underlining that there is no reason for the nation to be poor.
“We are not meant to be in a position to be poor. We will turn the tide! Somewhere, somehow in this storm, there’s a quiet and peaceful place for us. We will locate it!
“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.
“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,” the President assured.
He also acknowledged the infrastructure concerns in Rivers State and assured that steps would be taken to address them, with the support of Minister Nyesom Wike.
“The Honourable Minister, Wike, is not just the Minister of FCT, he is also my adviser and an admirer of mine. He has hit the ground running and he should be encouraged by the State,” the President advised.
Additionally, President Tinubu encouraged patience in the younger generation regarding government processes and expressed his determination to fulfill the high expectations of the people.
He continued: “I am the Captain and Chief Salesman of the country. We have to reverse the trend and achieve possibilities within a short period of time.
“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,” the President concluded.
Responding to President Tinubu, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara expressed gratitude for the President’s commitment to fairness, equity, and justice, which led to tangible impacts in the state.
“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,” he said.
While he appreciated President Tinubu for appointing qualified individuals from Rivers State into strategic positions in Renewed Hope administration, the Governor lauded the President for attracting significant investments, including a $14 billion approval for projects nationwide, such as the expansion of Indorama Petrochemicals in Eleme, Rivers State.