Sir Amaopusenibo Siminalayi "Sim" Joseph Black- (born 28 January 1975), is the Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria. He previously served as Accountant general[1] of the Rivers State, Nigeria. He is an ethnic Ibani-Ijaw, and was born in Opobo Town in the Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State.[2][3]

Siminialayi Fubara
Governor of Rivers State
Assumed office
29 May 2023
DeputyNgozi Odu
Preceded byEzenwo Wike
Accountant General of Rivers State
In office
December 2020 – May 2022
GovernorEzenwo Wike
Personal details
Born (1975-01-28) 28 January 1975 (age 49)
NationalityNigerian
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party
Education
Occupation
  • Accountant
  • Politician

Early life and education edit

He was born in Opobo Town in the Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State. His primary was in Opobo Primary School, and he also attended Comprehensive Secondary School, Opobo before proceeding to study Accountancy at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He got his MBA and MSc in 2013 and 2016 respectively from the University of Port Harcourt.[4]

Projects edit

As Rivers State Governor, Sim Fubara signed N195.3bn contract with Julius Berger for the construction of Port Harcourt Ring Road project. The project when completed would traverse six local government areas of the state, thereby decongesting Port Harcourt.[5] Fubara further stated the State would pay over NGN150 billion advance for the project.[6]

Career edit

Fubara started his career in 2003 as a principal accountant with the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board. He rose to the position of director of finance and accounts at the State's government house in 2015 and rose to the position of permanent secretary in March 2020. He was appointed the accountant general of Rivers State on December 23, 2020, up till May 2022, when he won the People's Democratic Party governorship primaries for the 2023 general elections. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.[7]

Controversy edit

In May 2022, Fubara and 58 other government officials were declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a NGN 435 billion fraud. He was also wanted for a NGN 117 billion fraud alongside four other Rivers State government officials. Additional charges by the EFCC included alleged criminal conspiracy, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds, and abuse of office.[8][9][10]

Personal life edit

Fubara is the second of five children and the first son of Late Joseph Fubara, a former soldier who had an overseas training tour of duty, and Late Love Fubara, a civil servant. He is also a knight of St. Christopher (KSC) Order of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. He holds the traditional chieftaincy title of Amaopu-Senibo of Opobo Kingdom. He is married to Valerie Fubara and they have three children.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ Naku, Dennis (2022-05-25). "Rivers ex-accountant general Siminialayi clinches PDP gov ticket". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2023-08-09.
  2. ^ Imukudo, Saviour (26 May 2022). "Despite being declared wanted by EFCC, former Accountant-General wins Rivers PDP gov primary". Premium Times. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  3. ^ Abanum, Allison (18 September 2022). "Understanding the Siminialayi Fubara edge". Vanguard. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  4. ^ Times, Premium (2023-03-06). "PROFILE: Siminalayi Fubara: The man who may succeed Nyesom Wike". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  5. ^ Naku, Dennis (2023-07-12). "Rivers awards N195bn Ring Road contract". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2023-08-09.
  6. ^ Ukpong, Cletus (2023-07-13). "Rivers govt to pay Julius Berger N150 billion upfront for road project". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-08-09.
  7. ^ Times, Premium (2023-03-06). "PROFILE: Siminalayi Fubara: The man who may succeed Nyesom Wike". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-09-16.
  8. ^ Sanusi, Abiodun (24 May 2022). "EFCC declares Rivers Accountant-General, others wanted for N435bn fraud". Punch. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  9. ^ Imukudo, Saviour (26 May 2022). "Despite being declared wanted by EFCC, former Accountant-General wins Rivers PDP gov primary". Premium Times. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  10. ^ Okonkwo, Amaechi (26 May 2022). "Fubara, Former Rivers Accountant General Hounded By EFCC, Emerges PDP Governorship Candidate". Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  11. ^ Times, Premium (2023-03-06). "PROFILE: Siminalayi Fubara: The man who may succeed Nyesom Wike". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 2023-08-09.