- The re-introduction of the water resources bill has drawn more heated criticism from Nigerians
- This time the Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the bill warning the National Assembly not to resurrect it
- The labour union advised the legislative body not to ambush Nigerians with the water resources bill
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As the reintroduction of the Water Resources Bill continues to generate heat in some quarters, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the National Assembly not to resurrect or cause the bill to be passed into law.
According to Premium Times, NLC president Ayuba Wabba who disclosed this in a statement dated Friday, August 28, warned the legislature against licensing “dictatorship” because of the danger the bill portends to national unity.
The labour union went on to note that though the National Assembly is constitutionally vested with law-making, they should not ambush Nigerians.
NLC also warned that if the bill is passed or caused to be passed without public engagement and scrutiny it will amount to the betrayal of Nigerians.
NLC joined other civil society groups across the country to criticize the bill. According to the groups, the bill would breach citizens’ right to water.
The union’s warning is coming a few days after Professor Wole Soyinka condemned the Nigerian government's reintroduction of the bill to the National Assembly.
The Nobel laureate made his position on the bill known in a statement on Thursday, August 27.
Soyinka warned that if the bill is passed into law, it would hand the Nigerian president “absolute control over the nation’s entire water resources, both over and underground.”
He said that the bill had been earlier dropped about two years ago due to public outrage and was now being reintroduced by the "failed government" with the consent of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Samuel Otorm of Benue state threatened legal action against the federal government over the National Water Resources Bill.
Speaking on Monday, August 31, at the State House where he hosted the new leadership of Mdzough U Tiv, MUT, an umbrella body of Tiv, Governor Ortom said the bill cannot be "passed through the back door."
Ortom described the bill as wickedness, adding that the bill is an injustice to the people of Benue state and the country in its entirety.
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