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Gov. Fubara Directs Administrative Heads To Take Charge Of LGAs
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Gov. Fubara Directs Administrative Heads To Take Charge Of LGAs

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… As Two LGA Chairmen Announce Willingness To Leave Office

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has directed Heads of Administration in the 23 Local Government Areas, to take over from the elected council chairmen whose three-year tenure elapsed at midnight on Monday.

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Governor Fubara gave the directive in a stage broadcast on Tuesday morning.

He said the decision is in line with the provision of the constitution, and the need to ensure peace and order in the state.

The governor then appreciated the efforts and dedication of the immediate past council chairmen to public services.

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Meanwhile, two LGA Chairmen in the state have announced their willingness to leave office in line with the State’s  Local Government Law of 2018.

The Chairmen are the first female council chairman of Bonny Local Government Area, Dame Anengi Barasua Claude-Wilcox, and the Enyiada Cookeygam of Opobo/Nkoro, from the LGA of Governor Fubara.

 

It would be recalled that both Claude-Wilcox and the Enyiada Cookeygam of Opobo/Nkoro, had challenged the extension of the tenure of local government chairmen by the Martin Amaewhule Lee assembly in court.

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Speaking to Channels Television after a function in the government house on Monday, the now-former council chairmen, urged their colleagues in other LGAs, to respect the position of the law and exit office peacefully.

The development comes as the Chairmen of Akuku-Toru and Asari-Toru Local Government Councils, Rowland Sekibo and Onengiyeofori George, on Monday, appealed for a calm and peaceful resolution over the tenure elongation of the chairmen.

This is protesters on Monday, barricaded the council headquarters, demanding their removal.  The dispute over the end of the LGAs tenure, took a new turn on Monday in Akulga and Asalga, as protesters barricaded the council premises demanding a handover by the chairmen whose three-year tenure is set to expire on Tuesday, June 18th, 2024.

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The two LG bosses said that their tenure extension was duly approved by the Martins Amaewhule-led State Assembly, and urged supporters to exercise restraint and avoid violence.

Sekibo, who spoke on their behalf, whilst calling for calm, emphasised that the matter is before the court.

“Everyone should exercise restraint, no matter the provocation. The matter is already in court.

“Those who want to be caretaker chairmen, just endure; those who want to be council chairmen, just endure. We are already at the Court of Appeal. It won’t take long again for judgment. Whichever way the case goes, it will go to the Supreme Court,” Sekibo appealed.

They urged law enforcement agents, to ensure no breakdown of law and order, stating that no one has a monopoly on violence.

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