MOST OUTSTANDING TECHNOCRAT AND MAN OF PEACE AWARD
Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State for 2023 general elections was on Friday, November 11, 2022 at a colourful ceremony held at Main Banquet Hall, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt as part of activities marking National Network newspaper 18th anniversary crowned Most Outstanding Technocrat and Man of Peace.
The choice of Sir Siminalayi Fubara, a Knight of St. Christopher (KSC) Order of the Anglican Communion was informed by multiple reasons.
His long untainted years in Civil Service, his peaceful disposition legendary attributes, excellence in public service, promotion of peace and security, human capital development, philanthropy and humanitarian services, professional excellence, exemplary lifestyle, commitment to economic and spiritual development of the society, intellectual creativity and innovativeness amongst others. The voting public voted for him and was approved by the Editorial Board of National Network newspaper.
Born in Opobo town, Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara started his educational career at Opobo Primary School, where he completed his First School Leaving Certificate in 1986.
He proceeded to Comprehensive Secondary School, Opobo town, obtaining the West African School Certificate in 1992.
Sir Fubara, an Accountant and technocrat of note, served as Rivers State Accountant-General from December 23, 2020 to May 2022.
He held the post alongside that of Permanent Secretary of the State’s Ministry of Finance. Before his appointment as Accountant-General, he was Permanent Secretary in charge of Government House from March 3, 2020. He was earlier the Director of Finance and Accounts at the Government House from 2015 till his appointment as Permanent Secretary.
He started his career in 2003 as Principal Accountant with the Rivers State Post Primary Schools Board. He became Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Works in 2005 and in 2006, was deployed to the Office of Accountant General as assistant to the Accountant General.
Fubara holds a Master of Science Degree in Finance (2016) and Master of Business Administration (2013) both from the University of Port Harcourt Business School. He also holds Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from Enugu State University of Science and Technology. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the former Rivers State University of Science and Technology (now Rivers State University).
His professional qualifications/affiliations include: Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and member, Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors (CIFIA). He has attended several professional conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes.
These include: Nigeria National Training Workshops on Public Finance Management at the Federal Treasury Academy, Orozo, Abuja (2012), Rivers State Government Ministry of Finance Training Programme on International Public Sector Accounting Standards and Financial Euro money Training (2012), and Rivers State Government/Transglobal Business Solution Limited Training Workshop on Development and Performance Measurement in Rivers State Public Finance Sector (2013).
He also holds the prestigious traditional chieftaincy title of Amaopu-Senibo of Opobo Kingdom, where he has worked with local outreach groups on poverty alleviation, skills acquisition, scholarships and other empowerment programmes.
Sir Siminalayi is married and has three children to the glory of God.