Water bill: Senators threaten to kill controversial legislation

Water bill: Senators threaten to kill controversial legislation

- Not many Nigerians are in support of the water resources bill

- In fact, some senators have vowed that they will reject the legislation when it is brought before them at the Senate

- Some of the lawmakers that have kicked against this bill are the minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Biodun Olujimi

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Some top members of the National Assembly have given their voices against the controversial water bill that has sparked reactions and tension among Nigerians.

Although the said bill has passed its first reading at the floor of the House of Representatives, top senators have assured fellow citizens that they will do their utmost to reject the bill when it is brought before them by Tuesday, September 15, The Nation reports.

One of the federal lawmakers who condemned the proposed legislation is the Senate's minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

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Speaking to journalists in Abuja recently, Abaribe noted that he and his colleagues will make sure the bill does not see the light of day.

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He said: “We have not seen it in the Senate. When it comes, we will reject as before.”

Water bill: Senators threaten to kill controversial legislation
Senators at plenary in the Senate chamber (Source: UGC)
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Another prominent senator, Biodun Olujimi, said that she and other lawmakers in the red chamber will stand on behalf of Nigerians against any bill that will threaten the nation's peace.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state had alleged that the federal government was colluding with the National Assembly to allow herdsmen to grab land under the guise of the National Water Resources Bill.

Ortom in a statement on Saturday, August 29, through his spokesperson, Terver Akase claimed the provisions of the bill granted herdsmen unhindered access to river basins, adjacent marine and coastal environments across the country.

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The governor called on the Senate and House of Representatives to reject the bill in the interest of the country.

Also, Professor Wole Soyinka had condemned the Nigerian government's reintroduction of the Bill on National Water Resources 2020 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.”

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