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Governor Fubara Orders Immediate Relocation of Rivers State Assembly

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Governor Fubara Orders Immediate Relocation of Rivers State Assembly

 

Afor Kenneth

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has issued an immediate temporary relocation order for the State House of Assembly to the Auditorium, Admin Block of the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The directive is outlined in the State’s official Gazette, Executive Order of the Rivers State Government 001-2023.

The governor cited concerns about the current condition of the House of Assembly complex, deeming it unsafe and posing a threat to the lives of both staff and lawmakers.

READ ALSO: Rivers State Political Crisis Deepens As Lawmakers Loyal To Fubara Elect Victor Oko-Jumbo as Speaker

This decision follows shortly after a Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining Martin Amaewhule, the pro-Wike speaker of the state House of Assembly, and 24 other members from assuming legislative roles.

The court’s ruling was based on an exparte order filed against the pro-Wike lawmakers by Victor Oko Jumbo, the pro-Siminialayi Fubara speaker, and three others.

The governor’s gazette reads, “The On the 29th day of October 2023, a fire incident occasioned by unknown persons burnt and damaged the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“That the Hallowed Chamber of the Rivers State House of Assembly in its present state is unsafe and constitutes a threat to the lives of the staff and the Honourable members of Rivers State House of Assembly and Thus not conducive for the business and proceeding of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“That it is expedient to carry out urgent repairs, renovation, and reconstruction of the burnt an damaged chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“That it is further reasonable to ensure that the business and proceedings of the Rivers State House of Assembly are not impeded and frustrated.

“NOW THEREFORE, I SIR SIMINALAYI FUBARA GSSRS, the Governor of Rivers State this 30th day of October 2023, Pursuant to the powers vested in me under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) hereby ISSUE, ORDER, AND DIRECT that all proceedings and business of Rivers State House of Assembly shall temporarily take place at the Auditorium, Admin Block, Government House, Port Harcourt until the repairs, renovation or reconstruction of the chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly are completed.”

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