The Rivers State House of Assembly has voted to override Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s veto and successfully pass four new bills into law.

During Friday’s plenary at the House of Assembly Quarters, the Speaker, Martin Amaewhule, read four letters from the governor, Siminalayi Fubara, expressing his disapproval of the four new bills sent to him for assent. Subsequently, the Assembly voted to override the governor’s veto, enacting the bills into law.

The lawmakers 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”.

He further 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”.

The Speaker added that “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 four laws 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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