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Rivers assembly order Fubara to withdraw fresh appointments

The Rivers State House of Assembly has written to the governor, Siminalayi Fubara to immediately withdraw some recent appointments, stating that it is violation of the Constitution of Nigeria.

The letter, signed by speaker Martin Amaewhule, the lawmakers are accusing Fubara of gross misconduct regarding the recent appointments.

They claimed the governor made three appointments to lead three parastatals without adhering to the existing laws.

The Rivers House of Assembly referenced relevant sections of the Constitution to support their accusation against Fubara.

According to the letter, Goodlife Ben was appointed Acting Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, Dr Ine Briggs as Acting Director-General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, and Tonte Davies as Acting Administrator of the New Cities Development Authority, all without following the proper legal procedures for such appointments.

“These appointments are in violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore constitute a gross misconduct and abuse of power on your part. We call on you to withdraw the appointments without further delay. Accept assurances of our warm regards”, the House Speaker said in the letter.

During Monday’s plenary session, Amaewhule expressed his disapproval of Fubara’s decision to appoint an Administrator for the New Cities Development Authority, a body lacking legislative recognition in the state.

He further argued that the appointment of an acting Chairman for the Local Government Service Commission and an Acting Director-General for the Bureau for Public Procurement goes against the provisions outlined in the respective Establishment laws of these institutions.

The Speaker questioned why the governor would intentionally disregard existing laws and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, despite being aware that such actions amount to misconduct.