The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, on Saturday visited Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, amidst the feud with his successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
Both politicians conspicuously avoided each other. Recall that prior to the rift between the two, both were usually seen together at public functions.
While the FCT minister was in Eleme for the burial of the mother of Chief Ejor, Fubara attended the convocation of the Rivers State University (RSU).
Wike had with him the Minister of State for Petroleum, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Senator Barry Mpigi, Senator Allwell Onyesoh, Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Major Jack and some members of the Assembly loyal to him.
The Executive Director Finance and Administration of the NDDC, Alabo Boma Iyaye, Elder Ferdinand Alabraba, Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Allwell Ihunda, local government chairmen and other dignitaries accompanied the FCT minister.
Fubara, at the 35th convocation ceremony of the Rivers State University that took place at the Convocation Arena of the institution in Nkpolu-Orworukwo, Port Harcourt, yesterday, promised to strengthen the capacity of the Rivers State University (RSU) and make it one of the best in the country.
The governor said education remained the cornerstone for a firm, equitable and progressive society.
He said: “Bear in mind that funding is a problem, not just to this university system but also to governance. But as you all know, education is cornerstone of a firm, equitable and progressive society.
“Therefore, we will continue to do our best to finance our own university. Our commitment to make RSU one of the best in this country is a target and a process we have just started today.”
Fubara praised the result-oriented approach adopted by the leadership of RSU to achieve the success being celebrated, including securing full accreditation for all programmes in the institution despite the challenges.