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Rivers Assembly moves to reduce governor’s power


The Rivers State House of Assembly has okayed two bills that will have effect on the power of governor of the state.

The bills are Rivers State Traditional Rulers Amendment Law 2024 and the Rivers State Advertisement and Use of State-Owned Property Prohibition Repeal Law 2024.

Both bills which passed first reading on Tuesday were debated, with the Majority Leader, Hon Major Jack canvassing support for his bill saying, “The major provision of this bill is to allow the Rivers State House of Assembly to be part of recognizing and or derecognizing a traditional ruler in this state”.

Meanwhile, the member representing Port Harcourt 3 Constituency, Hon Tonye Adoki also canvassed for his bill, arguing that “the reason for repealing this law is because things today are on the high side, Mr Speaker I know you are aware of the situation of things in this country where things have tripled and most families cannot afford a square meal.

“You can imagine a situation where you will pay the sum of N5 million before you can access a government facility.”

He was supported by Alfiks Kagbang, the member representing the Andoni constituency, who said his people have asked him to support the bill.

After listening to the debates, the Speaker brought down the gavel signalling that both bills had passed a second reading before passing them on to the individual committees to scrutinize and report back in two weeks.

He then adjourned the sitting to January 19th, 2024.

If passed into law, both bills will significantly reduce the powers of the governor in recognizing and or appointing traditional rulers in the state as well as administering public facilities.


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