A bill to stop practices which forbade women from sharing in family property has been presented before the Rivers State House of Assembly for consideration. Presenting the bill on Thursday at plenary, Hon Michael Okechukwu Chinda representing Obio/Akpor State Constituency 2, explained that the purpose of the bill was to check discriminations against women in the society.
The other three bills presented on Thursday were executive bills. They include Rivers State Integrity and Accountability Commission Bill 2021, Rivers State Housing Scheme for Judicial Officials Bill, 2021 and Rivers State Judicial Institute Bill, 2021.
Presenting the bills, the majority leader, Hon. Martins Amaewhule, explained that the purpose of the bill on integrity and accountability was to provide a legal framework to fight corruption in the civil service. It is also expected to promote accountability and good governance in the state.
The House leader also explained that that the Housing Scheme for Judicial Officers Bill, 2021 was aimed at empowering the Rivers State government to provide lifelong accommodation for judicial officers of Rivers origin, as part of their terms of employment so as to enhance their performance and living conditions.
The third executive bill was to establish an institute for the training and retraining of judicial officers, including those from the customary courts. The initiative, according to Hon. Amaewhule, would help to improve the knowledge and competence of judicial officers.
In his response, the speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, who had earlier read the correspondence from Governor Nyesom Wike transmitting the three executive bills, gave the proposed laws, including the private member bill sponsored by Hon. Chindah, first reading before adjourning sitting for the day.