FG says it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill

FG says it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill

- The federal government has played down the concerns surrounding the Water Resources Bill

- Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and Culture said the concern about the bill are unfounded

- The minister insisted that there is nothing controversial about the bill

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Despite the outcry which has trailed the Water Resources Bill, the federal government has insisted that it will not back down on enacting the proposed law.

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture on Tuesday, September 22, dismissed the suggestions that the bill was designed to cause conflict, The Nation reported.

FG says no going back on Water Resources Bill
Lai Mohammed said there is no plan to reintroduce RUGA Photo credits: @FMICNigeria
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The minister made the statement at a joint briefing with the minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu in Abuja.

According to him, people who were raising concerns over the bill were ill-informed or just trying to create mischief.

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He faulted the idea that the bill was another plan to reintroduce the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) scheme, insisting that there is no hidden agenda behind the bill.

He said:

“There is nothing new about the National Water Resources Bill. This is because it is an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that have been in existence for a long time."

Meanwhile, 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.

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

In another news, Governor Ortom of Benue state called on the Senate and House of Representatives to reject the bill in the interest of the country. He claimed the bill seeks to allow herdsmen to grab land.

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