Rivers crisis: NASS told to amend LG laws

A Civil Society Organisation, the Coalition of Rivers State Leaders of Thoughts, has urged the National Assembly to holistically amend the laws governing local government administration in the country.

The group’s Convener, Chief Sunnie Chukumele, said at a press briefing in Port Harcourt on Thursday that the amendment would streamline issues surrounding local government administration.

“This call is as a result of the ongoing crisis over local government councils tenure elongation in the Rivers.

“The crisis may throw the state into anarchy if left unchecked. So, something has to be done quickly,” he said.

Chukumele also appealed to President Bola Tinubu to wade into the situation in the state to avoid a total breakdown of law and order.

The convener called on the Inspector-General of Police to ensure thorough investigation on the crisis with a view to prosecuting the perpetrators.

He urged the judiciary to be upright in deciding matters concerning the crisis that were currently before the courts.

“As the last hope of the common man, the uprightness of the judiciary on the matters before the courts will help to enthrone lasting peace,” he said.

Chukumele said that Gov. Siminalayi Fubara acted rightly by appointing caretaker committees following the expiration of the tenure of the 23 council leaderships.

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