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Rivers Assembly passes 6th bill without Governor’s Assent

Boom RadioNG | April 22, 2024

The Rivers State House of Assembly has once again vetoed Governor Fubara over the amendment to the Rivers State Local Government Law.

This latest is the sixth time since the beginning of the Fubara tenure that the house of assembly has overridden is refusal to assent a bill sent to him.

At around 8:30am today, assembly members gathered in the Hallowed Chambers, an unusual occurrence from their usual official 10 am timing with two items on the order paper for the day.

The Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly. Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule made it known to the House that the governor had refused to sign the amendment to the Local Government law saying “Members are already aware that we forwarded the amended bill to the governor for his assent on the 14th day of March and as it stands the government has chosen to withhold his assent by not getting back to us. So we are empowered by the constitution to make progress and where necessary override the governor’s assent”.

The House deliberated on the development and quoting the constitution saying “Where the governor withholds assent and the bill is again passed by the house of assembly by a two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the governor shall not be required.

The Bill was then voted upon by a show of hands and 22 members voted for the house to veto the governor with none either against or abstaining.

Confirming the passage the speaker said, “By this voting, the Rivers state Local Government Amendment law of 2018 is hereby passed for the second time and the assent of the governor is no longer required in line with section 100 subsection 5 of the 1999 Constitution as altered. The clerk will forward this law to the governor, the attorney general, and the Chief Judge of the state so they can do the needful”.

By virtue of the new amendment, the House now has the power to extend the tenures of the elected LGA Chairmen by six months in the event of an inability of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission to conduct local government elections.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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