Governor Nyesom Wike signed three bills passed by the State Assembly Chamber on Friday. The bills are Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor (Prohibition).
Bill No. 8 of 2019, Rivers State Healthcare Facilities Registration Bill No. 6 of 2019 and Rivers State Environmental Environmental Protection and Management Bill No. 7 of 2019.
The Governor said his administration was committed to strengthening good governance and the rule of law, reports NAN.
He said the government would diligently implement the Rivers State Illegal and Motor Market Prohibition and Trade Act to clean up Port Harcourt and its surroundings.
“We have promised to return your state of Garden City to Port Harcourt. This law will help us stop illegal street trade, illegal car parks, and illicit markets within the city center.
“We are not going to allow littering in the state capital. In the coming weeks, people will see improvements in Port Harcourt, “he said.
He also ordered the Attorney General to officially approach the Chief Judge of Rivers on the appointment of magistrates for mobile courts.
“We have six mobile courts, so when they arrest criminals, they will be tried and convicted by the courts. We didn’t start the implementation because there was no law,” said Wike. The Governor also said that the state government had employed workers to implement the law entirely.
According to him, 400 workers will work shifts until 8 pm every day to ensure that street trade and the operation of illegal markets and car parks are reduced.
On environmental law, Wike said the government would work to improve sanitation in the state. “We are spending N6 billion to evacuate waste annually. Even in that, people carelessly throw trash on the road.
“This time, if it generates garbage, it will pay the government to dispose of it. The Honorable Attorney General must prepare a bill that will be sent to the House of Assembly on these environmental issues,” he said.
In a comment, the president of the House of Rivers Assembly, Mr. Ikuinyi Ibani, said the legislature was pleased with Wike’s achievements and would continue to support his administration. He said the three laws focused on improving people’s standard of living.
Previously, the majority leader of the House, Mr. Martins Amaewhule, had presented all three bills to the Governor for approval.