Gov Wike assents to two bills in Rivers

River State governor, Nyesom Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed into law two bills passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The two laws are: The Rivers State Local Government  (amendment No.1) Law Number 5 of 2016 and the Rivers State Administration of Criminal Justice  No. 7 of 2015.

Speaking  at the event on Saturday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the new local government law would allow the governor to extend the appointments  of the caretaker  committees up to  nine months. The extension is aimed at ensuring  stability  in council administration.

According to him, the criticism  that the new law gives some caretaker committee chairmen  third tenure is unfounded as the caretaker committees  are not elected officials.

“Instead of three months or six months, this amended law allows the governor to appoint caretaker  committees  for nine months. It is not meant to keep the caretaker  committees  in perpetuity.  Once we have  elected councils, the elected officials  will stay for three years, subject and for a maximum  of  two  terms”, he said.

Responding to the opposition’s critism of the law, the governor said “those in the APC  criticising  this amendment have soon forgotten that they passed laws in two minutes while they were at the State Assembly.  This amendment has been done for the good governance  of  the  state.”

Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Dabo Adams, assured  that the House would continue  to  perform her duties for the good governance of the state, just as the majority leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhile, said the lawmakers  passed the laws given their importance  to  the  state.