The Rivers State House of Assembly, on Thursday, at its 88th Legislative Sitting in the auditorium of the  House of Assembly Quarters at Aba Road, Port Harcourt, passed the Rivers State House of Assembly Funds Management (Financial Autonomy)Bill, 2023.

The House passed the Bill after debating on the Report of the House Committee on Public Accounts on the Bill. 

Commenting on the Report which was presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Major Jack, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, emphasized the importance of the passage of the  Bill, which he noted will provide for the management of funds accruing to the Rivers State House of Assembly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State; adding that the law will ensure accountability and efficient utilisation of funds. 

Also, the House passed the Rivers State Local Government Law, No. 5 of  2018 (Amendment) Bill, 2023 after a robust debate on the Report of the House Committee on Local Government which was presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ignatius Onwuka.

Remarking on the Report,  the Speaker stated that the House decided to delete some sections of the Law and amended some other sections because those sections were anachronistic and an anathema to  democratic principles.

Rt. Hon. Amaewhule enthused that with the passage of the amendment Bill, elected Local Government Council chairmen and Councilors would be liberated from arbitrary removals and suspensions. 

Meanwhile, the Rivers State House of Assembly has via a Motion, adopted and converted the Auditorium of the House of Assembly Quarters as its hallowed Chamber, as the House condemned in an unequivocal terms what it described as heartless and brazen demolition of the House of Assembly complex by Governor Siminialayi Fubara, without the approval and knowledge of the House.

The House, in a Motion sponsored by 26 Members and moved by Hon. Ofiks Kabang, Member, representing Andoni Constituency in the House, drew the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Inspector-General of Police and the International community, to the constant attack by Governor Fubara on the Legislature of Rivers State.

Addressing the prayers of the Motion, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Amaewhule, hinted that the House would write to the United Nations and governments of other well known democracies on the actions of the Governor against the Legislature; stressing that no amount of harassment, intimidation and mindless attacks against the legislature would make them shy away from their constitutional duties.

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