Rivers @ 50: Assembly Holds Special Session …Lauds Govt For Actualising Founding Fathers’ Vision

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L-R:Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili, former Senate President, David Mark, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, her son, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo and other dignitaries, during the Dedication of the Chapel of Everlasting Grace by the Primate at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.

The Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA)last Monday held a special plenary session to commemorate the State’s Golden Jubilee with the Executive Governor of the State, Chief Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani in his address x-rayed the symbolic implication of the Golden Jubilee.
Ibani explained that the celebration of Rivers State at 50 is a way of showing appreciation to the founding fathers’ struggles to liberate the people of the state from oppression and marginalisation, adding that the celebration also commemorates the triumphant arrival of Governor Nyesom Wike’s giant strides in just two years.
He said the Golden Jubilee is worth celebrating, despite the long years of military rule and bad governance, expressing optimism that the founding fathers’ labour would not be in vein.
The Assembly Speaker commended the executive arm led by Governor  Wike for the development strides to justify the vision attached to the creation of Rivers State in 1967.
Ibani said the projects and programmes so far embarked upon by Governor Wike in his two years in office has justified the appropriations passed by the legislature in the two years of the administration.
The Speaker reiterated the Assembly’s commitment to playing  significant roles in supporting the Executive to deliver the dividends of democracy to the Rivers’ people.
Also speaking, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule chronicled the State legislature from 1979 to date, saying that the long years of military rule had affected negatively the existence of the legislative arm in the state.
According to him, there was nothing like legislative arm when the state was created in 1967, until 1979, when the first Assembly was inaugurated to make laws for effective governance of the state.
Amawehule who commended the giant development strides of Governor  Wike in just two years in office, urged the members irrespective of party line to give the current administration supports for effective governance of the state.
The former Deputy Speaker of the second Assembly, Rt. Hon. Irk Orji on behalf of the former Speakers and Deputy Speakers in the State commended Governor Wike for even development to justify the Golden Jubilee.
He also commended the 8th Assembly for giving effective legislative backup to the executive to perform  in the state.
He said Governor Wike has shown to the world that the essence of government is to ensure benefits to the people, urging the legislature and the judiciary to maintain their support to enable the Executive Governor to develop the state further.
The former lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly  applauded Governor Nyesom  Wike for actualising the vision of the founding fathers of the state, through infrastructural development.
Speaking for the lawmakers at the special plenary session of the 8th Assembly to commemorate Rivers Golden Jubilee last Monday in Port Harcourt, a member of the Sixth Assembly, Hon. Tony Opiah said Governor Wike’s commitment to developing the state has shown that the Governor has the same vision with the founding fathers of the state, whose struggle was geared toward the liberation of Rivers’ people from injustice, oppression and marginalization.
He commended Governor Wike for leading Rivers State uprightly in the area of development and fight against injustice in the state.
Opiah who acknowledged the fact that justice is the hallmark of peace and unity called on Rivers’ people to shun any act that would lead to injustice for peace to reign in the state.
According to him, 50 years of existence is enough to build an egalitarian state, where all citizens should have equal stakes and opportunities.
The former lawmakers also commended the 8th Assembly for its commitment for legislative support to Governor Wike on dividends of democracy in the state.
Opiah who recalled several bills so far passed into laws by the current legislative, said those laws are catalysts to the rapid developmental strides in the state.
Also Speaker, the Minority Leader  of the 8th Assembly, Hon. Benibo Anabraba expressed the need to use the Golden Jubilee to reform policies that would be labour- friendly in the state.
Anabraba called for the review of the Nigerian Constitution to allow labour policy to be brought to the concurrent list from the Exclusive list of government.
He said, Rivers state at 50th is worth celebrating, despite the challenges confronting the state.