The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Monday inaugurated the 10th state House of Assembly.
The governor, during the inauguration at the hallowed chamber in Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, said it was in excercise of his constitutional powers.
Fubara said, “My duty this morning is officially to dissolve the 9th Assembly and inaugurate the 10th Assembly, so that you can commence your first session.
“Whereas it is provided in Section 105 (3), of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. That the person elected as governor shall have the power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the state Assembly immediately after being sworn in.
“Therefore, I, Siminalayi Fubara, Governor of Rivers State, in exercise of the powers bestowed upon me by Section 105(3) as aforesaid, and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, hereby proclaim that the first session of the 10th Rivers State Assembly holds at 10:00am on this day, Monday the 5th of June, 2023, in the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex, Port Harcourt.”
Soon afterwards, the members of the 10th Assembly uninamously elected former House leader and the lawmaker represnting Obio/Akpor Constituency 1, Martins Ameawhule, as new Speaker of the 32-member House.
Also, the member representing Gokana Constituency and former Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Dumle Maol, was elected Deputy Speaker.
Meanwhile, Fubara paid an unscheduled visit to the ongoing construction of the convocation arena at the University of Port Harcourt.
Speaking after inspecting the facility being built by the Rivers State Government, Fubara stated that the project was dear to the government because of its importance to education and youth development.
He said, “From what I’m seeing here, the contractor is also assuring that in 60 days he can deliver.
“We will give him the benefits of doubt. But I need to say clearly that if in 60 days, I visit this project, I don’t see it completed, it’s not going to be easy for the contractor, that’s the truth.
“But I believe from what I have seen the extent of job that they are doing, I think they’re a bit serious compared to what we saw about two months ago.”