Fubara Takes Drastic Action, Relocates Assembly Sittings To New Venue

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Rivers State Governor Orders Temporary Relocation of House of Assembly Sittings to Government House.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has issued an executive order temporarily relocating the sittings of the State House of Assembly to the Auditorium, Admin Block of the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The order, contained in the State’s official Gazette, Executive Order 001-2023, was issued due to the current House of Assembly complex being deemed unsafe and a threat to the lives of staff and lawmakers.

The decision comes after a fire incident on October 29, 2023, damaged the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The governor stated that urgent repairs, renovation, and reconstruction are needed to ensure the safety of those using the facility.

According to the gazette, “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.”

The temporary relocation is aimed at ensuring that the business and proceedings of the Rivers State House of Assembly are not impeded or frustrated.

The governor, pursuant to his powers under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), has directed that all proceedings and business of the Rivers State House of Assembly shall temporarily take place at the designated location until repairs are completed.

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