The Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike has approved three new bills into law, passed by the state House of Assembly in Port Harcourt, Monday, July 4.
During the formal event of signing the bills into law, Governor Wike applauded the state House of Assembly for always taking steps that promote good governance and development in Rivers State.
The three laws assented to by Governor Wike include:
- Rivers State Taxes and Levies Miscellaneous Provisions Law Number 2, 2016,
- Rivers State Hotel Occupancy and Restaurants Consumption Law Number 3 of 2016 and
- Rivers State Polytechnic Law Number 4 of 2016.
The Rivers State College of Arts and Science is now to be known as the Port Harcourt Polytechnic. According to the governor, the decision is to bring education closer to the people.
He also approved the appointment of Dr. Samuel Kalagbor as the Reactor of Port Harcourt Polytechnic.
Speaking further at the occasion, the Rivers State Governor said that the state Assembly has always made sacrifices for the advancement of the state, adding that despite the fact that members were yet to get their allowances, they have remained committed to the progress of the state by expeditiously treating bills brought before them.
“The governor does not have official vehicle, Deputy Governor has no official vehicle and the House of Assembly members have no official vehicles.
“They have continued to make sacrifices for the good governance of Rivers State and we commend them. All the sacrifices of the Rivers State House of Assembly will be rewarded by greater performance from this executive council.”
He said the laws, passed in line with the constitution, will be implemented for the good of the people of the state.
In his remarks, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Dabo Adams said when the governor made a pledge to deliver good governance, the House took it as a challenge to work harder for the state.
He also said the House held public hearings to get the input of the people before the passage of the laws.