by Mitchelle Uzorka
Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike signed into law on Thursday bills that Allow Women Inherit Properties, Compulsory treatment of Gunshot victims and pension reform in the state.
The first bill is The Rivers State Prohibition of the Curtailment of Women’s Right to share in family property Law No. 2 of 2022. This bill stops the exclusion of female children from inheriting or sharing their family’s property. It also stops the exclusion of widows from participation in sharing of their dead husband’s assets.
The second bills is the The Rivers State Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Law no 3 of 2022. This bill makes it an offense to deny gunshot victims treatment and removes the requirement of a police clearance before attending to gunshot victims.
The third bill is The Rivers State Pension Reform (Amendment) Law No 4 of 2022. This bill aims to ease the management of pensions and gratuity by the state. It extends the start date of the State’s contributory pension scheme to 2025 to enable the state government address issues emanating from the scheme. It also gives people access to their funds with the scheme within 30 days from the signing of the law.