Junior Pope: Gov. Fubara assures succour for bereaved Rivers family

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From Chris Eze, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has said that the State Government would offer assistance to the family of late Precious Chimaobi Ofurum, a Rivers indigene who was involved in the boat mishap that claimed some Nollywood practitioners in Delta State recently.

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Governor Fubara gave the assurance when the Rivers State Chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria came to Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday to show solidarity to their late member, and to formally inform the Government of the unfortunate incident.

The Rivers State Governor, who was represented by the Head of Rivers State Civil Service, Dr George Nweke, said it was their visit that has brought to the knowledge of Government that an indigene of the State was one of the victims.

The Governor commended the Nollywood practitioners, stressing that they have demonstrated enviable solidarity to one of their own, which suggested that the 26-year old Precious Chimaobi Ofurum was distinguished among them.

 Governor Fubara described the passing of Precious Chimaobi Ofurum in that ill-fated film shooting trip as unfortunate saying the deceased was already an exemplary Nigerian who has demonstrated the success any determined person can clinch while remaining in the country.

According to him, “The entire Rivers State extends our condolences to the family. No one can heal the wound better than God. We heard of the sad news, but honestly, I never knew Rivers person was involved. So, as I came and heard of the subject of this visit, I am devastated and the entire people of Rivers State are very sad.

“I want to tell his family, as sad as it is, you should still draw consolation from this: that your son died a hero. He was one of the heroes that Nigeria has ever produced. 

“People of his age are leaving the shores of Nigeria but he was very proud of Nigeria, remained here to salvage the image of and carve a name for Nigeria. I am happy to say Precious Chimaobi Ofurum was our own ambassador in the comity of actors.”

Governor Fubara said his Administration is youth-friendly, and will never overlook what it will do for the bereaved family of a Rivers youth who utilized his talent productively.

“The Governor is a development-friendly leader. He is a youth like you. Our Governor is one that loves to make the State proud. He is happy when people from the State excel. He will always identify with them. So, even in death, I can assure you that the Governor will do honour to our departed son, Precious Chimaobi Ofurum.”

In his presentation, the Convener of the solidarity visit, Mr Eric Stevenson, recalled that on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, some actors returning from a movie set, were involved in a boat mishap in Asaba, Delta State.

He lamented that Precious Chimaobi Ofurum, an indigene of Rivers State, was among those who died in the incident.

Mr. Stevenson explained that other states have reached out to claim their own and offered support to the families but regretted that none has come for Precious Chimaobi Ofurum.

He added that it was on the basis of this development that they decided to notify the State Government with the visit in order to bring comfort to the bereaved family.

He expressed satisfaction with the Governor’s response, and hoped that the State Government would do the needful very soon.

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