The Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA) last week resolved to cooperate with the state Ministry of Environment and that of Justice to ensure strick compliance of companies operating in the state to environmental laws.
The House’s decision followed a motion by the lawmaker representing Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Constituency I, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo at the Assembly’s plenary session last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
According to Ahiakwo, the motion was to investigate the compliance of companies operating in Rivers State to environmental laws.
The motion prayed that the House should investigate the circumstances surrounding the black soot that has been noticed in the state and its environs.
The lawmaker, in his motion, also prayed the assembly to direct the Rivers State Ministry of Environment to furnish the house with details of compliance level with relevant laws by companies in the state.
Hon. Ahiakwo who noted that the situation portends serious danger for the citizens of the state and the generations to come, urged the assembly to make urgent decision to protect the interest of Rivers people.
The Speaker of the house, Rt Hon. Ikumyi-Owaji Ibani on the note, committed the motion to the House Committees on Environment and that of Justice to investigate and take legal steps on the level of compliance of relevant laws by companies and to solve the problem of black soot currently polluting the environment of the state.
At same Thursday’s plenary session, the 8th Assembly committed three bills to committee stage after an exhaustive debate in the house.
The bills include a bill for a law to amend the Rivers State Education (Returns of Schools) Law No 1 of 2005; a bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the Rivers State University of Science and Technology law, Cap 133, law of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999; and a bill for a law to establish the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital in the state.
The speaker, Rt Hon. Ikumyi-Owaji Ibani directed the House Committee of the whole, education and health to handle the three bills within 14 days and submit their reports respectively.
Last Friday the lawmaker representing Bonny Constituency, Hon. Abinye Pepple, in company with some stakeholders of the local government council inspected the Bonny Vocational Centre in the area.
According to him, the vocational centre would be equipped with modern technology to stand the test of development in the country and the global areas.
Hon. Pepple who promised to support the rehabilitation of the centre, said the centre would go a long way to provide skills and engage youths in the area in meaningful employments.
The managing director of the vocational centre, Mr Micah Ibiama commended Hon. Pepple for his concern and support to the centre even before the inspection.