In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, September, 2020

Following Public Outcry, Reps Withdraw Controversial Water Sources Management Invoice

Following Public Outcry, Reps Withdraw Controversial Water Resources Control Bill

House of Reps

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The Home of Representatives at its plenary on Tuesday withdrew the Water Sources Management Invoice which it handed two months in the past.


Sequel to the adoption of a Matter of Privilege raised by Benjamin Mzondu (PDP-Benue), the Home unanimously resolved to gazette the invoice for reconsideration.


Mr Mzondu argued that the invoice was not gazetted and that clear copies of the invoice weren’t circulated to all members.


The lawmaker mentioned a 2020 invoice ought to have handed first and second studying, be subjected to public listening to earlier than its consideration on the Committee of the Entire and handed.

“My privilege has been breached as a result of I used to be denied the chance of seeing the invoice earlier than it handed.

“The Home Guidelines are clear and unambiguous, Order 12 Rule 16, 17 and 18 is expressly clear on the gazetting Payments.

“I due to this fact transfer that the invoice be utterly expunged or be gazetted and subjected to public listening to,” he mentioned.


In his contribution, Nkem Abonta (PDP-Abia), mentioned the process contradicted the provisions of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


He argued that rule of the Home was additionally breached in the way in which and method it handed, saying that it needs to be withdrawn.

Nevertheless, Chairman, Home of Representatives Committee on Water, Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), mentioned the best course of was adopted earlier than the invoice was handed.


He mentioned clear copies of the invoice had been distributed to members who had been on the plenary.

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He mentioned the invoice is a consolidation of 4 legal guidelines which had existed for 35, 34, 27 and 10 years.


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Additionally, the Chairman, Home of Representatives Committee on Guidelines and Enterprise, Abubakar Fulata (APC-Jigawa), mentioned the invoice was first learn on December 19, 2018 within the eighth Meeting.


He mentioned the invoice was launched by the Executives within the ninth Meeting and was subjected to the Home guidelines.


The Deputy Speaker of the Home, Idris Wase (APC-Plateau), recalled that the invoice was stepped down when members complained that they’d not seen the invoice.


He mentioned the invoice was returned and members had been all given clear copies earlier than it was thought-about on the Committee of the Entire.


In response, members of the Home, nevertheless, shouted aloud in disagreement with the place that clear copies had been circulated.


In his ruling, the Speaker of the Home, Femi Gbajabimila, mentioned the invoice be withdrawn and gazetted for recent consideration.


The invoice seeks to offer for administration, equitable and sustainable use of floor and underground water throughout the nation.


The invoice seeks to offer a authorized framework for the administration and use of water assets within the nation with the view to generate income for presidency in any respect ranges.



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