Rivers State Assembly overrides Governor Fubara to pass 4 new bills into law

Governor Siminalayi Fubara

The Rivers State House of Assembly has defied Governor Siminalayi Fubara's veto and approved four new bills, making them into law. The decision was reached during today's plenary at the House of Assembly Quarters. 

The Speaker of the House, Martin Amaewhule, revealed that the governor had rejected the four bills, leading to the assembly's move to override the veto and enact the bills into law.

The House relying on Section 100 subsection 5 said the assent of the governor is not required for the passage into law of the said bills.

The section stated that “where the governor withholds assent and the bill is again passed by two thirds majority, the bill shall become a law and the assent of the governor shall not be required.”

Speaking further, the speaker accused the governor of not planning to conduct local government elections in the state, saying “by the reasons given by the governor, it means he doesn’t plan to conduct local government elections in the state.”

Speaking further, he said, “the key thing here is that this law removes the power of the governor to appoint caretaker committee chairmen for the local governments, the governor is not happy that we’re removing his powers to appoint caretaker chairmen.”

The 4 laws so passed are:

1-The Rivers Local Government Amendment Law.

2-The Rivers State Traditional Rulers Amendment Law.

3-The Rivers State Advertisement and Use of State Owned Property Prohibition repeal law.

4- The Rivers State Funds Management and Financial Autonomy Law.
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