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How Can Fubara Present Appropriation Bill To A House That Cannot Even Form A Quorum? – According to Emmanuel Anene

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A lawyer named Emmanuel Anene has expressed serious concerns about the activities of Sim Fubara, the governor of Rivers State, who is reported to have brought the Rivers 2024 appropriations bill before a small assembly with just four members. Mr. Anene went into the constitutional nuances surrounding the quorum requirement for a state House of Assembly session in an informative interview that aired on Channels Television this morning.

Citing Section 96, Subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution, Anene highlighted a crucial provision stating that the quorum for a state House of Assembly should be one-third of all its members. Given that the Rivers State House of Assembly comprises of 32 members, the absence of the majority of its members during the budget presentation raises concerns about the constitutional legitimacy of the proceedings.

Anene asserted that, in accordance with constitutional norms, the assembly should have adjourned the session due to the lack of the requisite quorum.

In his own words as seen on Channels Television this morning…

“If you read section 96, subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution, it says that the quorum of the state House of Assembly shall be one third of all the members and Rivers State house of assembly has 32 members. If you have 32 members, it means that you need at least 12 members, because he didn’t recon with the presiding officer. Now if you need 12 members to carry on the business of the day, why was the bill presented? Subsection 2 says that if the house cannot form a quorum, then the necessary implications is that the house adjourns, that did not happen.”

“Now the house could not form a quorum so how can the governor, Fubara present the 2024 appropriation bill, before the house that cannot even form a quorum?”

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