The Rivers State Government has commenced the demolition of the State House of Assembly building on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, with the intent of reconstruction.
Reports from reliable sources state that the project was being undertaken by the state government. This was coming some weeks after the hallowed chambers of the state assembly was burned down by unknown political thugs. It should be recalled that the legislative arm of the state has been involved in a serious crisis following the move by some lawmakers to impeach the sitting governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
This creates pointers that the political crisis in Rivers State seem to have deepened. This development comes as the factional Speaker, Edison Ehie, led other lawmakers loyal to the governor to hold a sitting early on Wednesday before the demolition began. It was gathered that the Speaker, during the session, said the complex was due for repairs following the explosion that rocked the building on October 30, 2023, saying the governor will provide an alternative place for them to sit for the meantime.
However, as early as 5 a.m. on Wednesday, over 10 bulldozers, excavators, and other heavy-duty machines were brought to the assembly complex. The demolition commenced at about 7:30 a.m. As of the time of this report, the process is still ongoing.