The Rivers State House of Assembly has enacted amendments to the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Law during its 93rd legislative sitting on Monday. The legislation, which addresses the recognition, de-recognition, and suspension of traditional rulers in the state, underwent thorough debate following the presentation of a report by Hon. Ofiks Kabang, the chairman of the House Committee on Chieftaincy and Community Affairs.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, underscored the significance of the amended bill in providing a clear framework for the recognition, de-recognition, or suspension of traditional rulers. The inclusion of a House resolution, supported by a two-majority vote, is expected to mitigate arbitrary actions in appointing or removing the Chairman of the Traditional Rulers’ Council. Amaewhule also highlighted that the revised law’s new schedule accurately reflects the current status of all recognized traditional rulers in the state.
In another legislative move, the Assembly repealed the Rivers State Advertisement and Use of State-owned Property (Prohibition) Law No. 7 of 2022. This decision, following a debate on the report presented by Hon. Solomon Wami, the Chairman of the House Committee on Land, Survey, and Urban Development, aims to prevent financial burden on the people of the state and ensure unhindered access to state-owned facilities.
Amaewhule commended his colleagues for their dedication to fostering peace and development, acknowledging their service despite challenging circumstances.