Rivers State Governor-Elect Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Vows To Restore Dignity And Independence Of Judiciary And House Of Assembly
Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State governor- elect Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has vowed to restore the dignity and independence of the state judiciary and House of Assembly. Former Deputy Governor, House of Representatives, Mr. Austin Opara announced this in Port Harcourt Rivers State while briefing newsmen on programmes of activities lined of for the swearing in ceremony of Wike and the inauguration of his administration.
Opara also announced that legislators in the state will stop holding their sittings in the Government House from June 1. The, former Deputy Speaker lamented that legislators in the had operating from the old Government House for about two years due to the closure of the House of Assembly Complex following a fracas that ensued over the botched impeachment plan against Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Opara disclosed that renovation works and rehabilitation of the complex would be completed between May 29 and 31 to enable the lawmakers to commence sitting without any further delay. According to Opara, Wike after his swearing-in on Monday, proclaim and inaugurate the eighth session of the state legislature at the state House of Assembly Complex.
Opara assured that the state judiciary and coirts which have been under lock and key for more than one year, would be reopened and that the three arms of government would be functioning effectively under the Wike administration. He debunked rumours that Wike would not be sworn in on May 29 but acknowledged that some moves were made to scuttle the inauguration of the governor-elect. Opara explained that “The unveiling of this inauguration committee is all about a new Rivers State. It is about a state that will be made an investor haven and a state that will be made secured for the would-be investors. “It is not about Wike as we believe that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government, led by Chief Nyesom Wike, will provide the enabling environment for such a state to thrive. “The incoming government is about Rivers State; it is not about Wike and his running mate.
This is a means to establish the fact that all spheres of the economy will be attended to. “Governor Rotimi Amaechi and his government have failed to interface with the incoming government but the inauguration will hold and a new government will be in place on May 29. “Thank God, the terminal date is automatic and the new government will be in place. Amaechi’s government automatically ceases to exist from the handing over date, in line with the system in operation”, Opara underlined. Opara staed that the oneweek inauguration ceremony would be kick-started with a church programme on Sunday a public lecture, titled, “Democracy and Good Governance Towards a New Rivers State”, to be delivered next week Tuesday by Professor Kimse Okoko, Pro-chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.