Thursday, May 13, 2021
telegram SH
Whatsapp 9787748839374893773 1

images 23 1609798193847

HomeNewsPoliticsReps Finally Withdraw Water Resources Control Bill

Reps Finally Withdraw Water Resources Control Bill

The Water Resources Control Bill that was brought to table two months ago has been withdrawn by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

In the sequence to the adoption of a Matter of Privilege raised by Rep. Benjamin Mzondu (PDP-Benue), the House unanimously resolved to gazette the bill for reconsideration.

Mr Mzondu argued that the bill was not gazetted and that clear copies of the bill were not circulated to all members.

The lawmaker said that a 2020 bill should have passed first and second reading, be subjected to public hearing before its consideration at the Committee of the Whole and passed.

“My privilege has been breached because I was denied the opportunity of seeing the bill before it passed.

“The House Rules is clear and unambiguous, Order 12 Rule 16, 17 and 18 is expressly clear on the gazetting Bills.

“I, therefore, move that the bill be completely expunged or be gazetted and subjected to public hearing,” he said.

In his contribution, Rep. Nkem Abonta (PDP-Abia), said that the procedure contradicted the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He argued that rule of the House was also breached in the way and manner it passed, saying that it should be withdrawn.

Related Stories:

  1. #Nigeria@60: We Have Cracks That May Break Us, VP Osinbajo Speaks
  2. 114706911 happyindependencedaynigeria
  3. Anambra Lawmaker Distributes Cassava Stems To Constituents (Photos)
  4. Nigeria Becoming A Failed Country, Divided Under Buhari – Obasanjo
  5. Reps Probes BPP Director Who Is Born In 1996 But Employed In 1992
  6. Screenshot 20200730 103738

However, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Water, Rep. Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), said that the right process was followed before the bill was passed.

He said that clean copies of the bill were distributed to members who were at the plenary.

According to him, the bill is a consolidation of four laws which had existed for 35, 34, 27 and 10 years.

Also, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Rep. Abubakar Fulata (APC-Jigawa), said that the bill was first read on Dec. 19, 2018 in the 8th Assembly.

He said that the bill was introduced by the Executives in the 9th Assembly and was subjected to the House rules.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Idris Wase (APC-Plateau), recalled that the bill was stepped down when members complained that they had not seen the bill.

He said that the bill was returned and members were all given clean copies before it was considered at the Committee of the Whole.

In response, members of the House, however, shouted aloud in disagreement with the position that clean copies were circulated.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabimila, said that the bill be withdrawn and gazetted for fresh consideration.

Recall that the bill seeks to provide for management, equitable and sustainable use of surface and underground water across the country.

The bill seeks to provide a legal framework for the management and use of water resources in the country with the view to generate revenue for government at all levels.


Donate to support Freshreporters=>

For publication of your news content, articles, videos or any other news worthy materials, please send a mail to thefreshrepo [email protected]

For Advert and other info, you can send a WhatsApp Message to +2347050565443

Join thousands of readers to receive daily Latest News:

telegram iconJoin our Telegram Group

facebook iconLike our Facebook Page

whatsapp iconJoin our WhatsApp Group

twitter iconFollow Us on Twitter

facebook iconJoin Our FACEBOOK GROUP

instagram iconFollow Us on Instagram

youtube iconSubscribe to our YouTube Channel


wristwatch, shades, bracelet


Most Viewed news