Rivers Assembly Holds Public Hearing on LG Bill 2018

By Smart Azubuike The House Committee on Local Government of the Rivers State House of Assembly, RSHA has held a public hearing on Rivers State

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By Smart Azubuike

Hon. ‎Ikuinyi O. Ibani‎, RSHA Speaker

The House Committee on Local Government of the Rivers State House of Assembly, RSHA has held a public hearing on Rivers State Local Government Bill 2018.

Contributing during the public hearing recently, at the auditorium of the Assembly Complex, the chairman of the Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Azubuike Nmerukini said the decision to hold the public hearing was appropriate, adding that it would help harmonize and unify the local government system in the state.

“The idea of this public hearing on local government is a brilliant one because over the years we have had different systems of local government. We hope that if we finish this public hearing today it will help us have a unified local government administration in the state,” Chief Nmerukini stated.

The former mayor of Port Harcourt City said the proposed local government election as mentioned by Governor Wike in the 2018 budget estimate, was good.

He commended members of the House Committee on Local Government for doing a good job.

Also contributing, state president of NULGE explained that since 1999 when the State Local Government Law No. 3 was enacted, there has never been any major amendments n the law.

He expressed regret that the current allocation that goes to each of the LGA in the state was already over-burdened with different deductions such as 5 per cent to the chiefs and several others and warned that if this trend continues it would lead to councils not being able to pay salaries.

Ajinwo welcomed the idea of HPMs being like permanent secretaries who have consolidated accounts.

In his remarks, the chairman of the House Committee on Local Government, Hon. Kelechi Nwogu said members of the committee would look into all the contributions made by the public.

He expressed regret over the failure of some caretaker committee chairmen to show up during the public hearing.

“For the LGA CTC members and chairmen that did not appear at this public hearing today, I am giving you 48 hours to do so before this committee”, Hon. Nwogu ordered.

Nwogu assured the public and the state government that the committee would not only do a good job but would do its best.