… As Adhoc Committee on Flood Presents Preliminary Report
The Rivers State House of Assembly has on Monday, at its 47th Sitting passed the Rivers State Public Works and Utilities Protection Amendment Bill into Law.
The Bill amended the Rivers State Public Works and Utilities Protection Law No. 9 of 2012, to provide additional safeguards for public works and utilities; and stiffer punishment for those found culpable in the act of stealing and vandalism of public infrastructure in the State.
Recall that the Bill was sponsored by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule and Hon. Victor Oko Jumbo, Member, representing Bonny Constituency.
In a related development, the House has passed the Rivers State Administration of Estate(Small Estate Payments Exemption Bill, 2023.
The Bill provides for the grant of certificate to small estate, exempt such from payment of estate duty, and the grant of full letters of administration.
Also, recall that the Bill which is a Private Member was sponsored by the House Leader, Rt Hon. Edison Ehie.
Meanwhile, the Adhoc Committee on Flood has presented it preliminary Report on the devastating effect of flood in some communities in the State.
The House spoke in unison on the need for relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to take urgent steps to alleviate the pangs of the people.
Commenting on the Report, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martin Chike Amaewhule, commended the Committee for their preliminary Report; adding that from available information the Cameroonian Authority may soon open the Ladgo Dam, which may inflict more pains on communities along the coast line.
He therefore urged the Committee, more particularly standing committees on Emergency Relief, Environment and Health to liaise with appropriate MDAs to provide succour for the people.