Port Harcourt – Mr. Chidi Amadi, a former member of the Rivers House of Assembly, on Thursday described as hasty, the House of Representatives resolution on the state assembly.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday, urging the National Assembly to allow it to take over the legislative functions of the Rivers assembly immediately.
Amadi, who represented Obio/Akpor constituency II on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers from 1991 to 1993, told reporters in Port Harcourt that the House of Representatives should have allowed a committee it set up to investigate the crisis first.
He also said that the lower chamber of the National Assembly should have monitored events in the Rivers assembly before passing the resolution.
“The events at the National Assembly, taking a cue from the first point of departure, the lower house, the House of Representatives, I want to say that the resolution of the House of Representatives was quite disappointing.
“Yes, the lower house of the National Assembly, the House of Representatives, has every right to review the happenings in the Rivers state legislature.
“But, not to say that, at the first attempt to look into this issue, a resolution was reached to take over the affairs of the assembly.
“From all that happened, we were aware, we heard on the news – the former speaker of the assembly, Tonye Harry even affirmed that no one was removed and then asked the media to come the following morning that the assembly was going to sit.
“From other members of the assembly, we also heard that the business of the day, which was to pass the motion from the executive arm as per the budget modification was taken,“
Amadi said other members of the assembly assured that the business of the state legislative arm would go on.
He commended the Senate for exercising restraint on the matter and advised the legislators in the state to calm down and not to ignore the issue of governance in the state. (NAN)