State House of Assembly Rivers State

THE Rivers State House of Assembly has amended its Local Government Law to pave the way for unlimited tenure for councils’ caretaker committees.

At the resumption of sitting on Wednesday, the Leader of the House, Mr. Martin Amaewhule, presented an executive bill requesting for the amendment of Section 9 of the Principal Law.

The section, according to the Leader of the House, has to do with tenure of caretaker committees in the state.

Amaewhule had added that the principal law could no longer move the state forward and as such needed to be amended.

Lawmakers, who debated on the bill, agreed that the bill, when passed into law, would reward hard work as hardworking members of local government caretaker committees would have the opportunity of retaining their positions.

Apart from the House leader, other members of the House, including the Whip, Mr. Evans Bipi, expressed the need for an accelerated hearing of the executive bill.

One of the lawmakers, Deeya Barine, said, “The essence of the amendment is to encourage consistency and reward diligence.”

All the 15 lawmakers, who were present in the House, voted in favour of the amendment of the Local Government law when the Speaker, Dabotoru Adams, asked members to vote on the matter.

Before now, the principal law only allowed a two-term tenure for caretaker committees, but with the amendment, the state governor could reappoint a person that has served two terms as chairman or member if he (governor) so wish.

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