In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, September, 2020

Water Assets Invoice Is RUGA In Disguise

Water Resources Bill Is RUGA In Disguise

Igbo group

Igbos

 

A foremost Igbo group, Affiliation of South East City Unions (ASETU) has claimed that the Water Assets Invoice is Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) agricultural programme in disguise.

 

The group made the comment in an announcement signed by its Nationwide President, Chief Emeka Diwe and Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Gideon Adikwuru.

 

The union in a launch famous that the reason by the Minister of Data, Lai Mohammed that the stated invoice has no relationship with RUGA ended up convincing all that there was extra to the invoice than meets the eyes.

 

It submitted that Igbo land wouldn’t cede any a part of its land or water physique for the needs of RUGA agricultural programme.

 

Based on the union, “The Water Assets Invoice if handed into regulation offers the federal authorities possession not solely over water and underground assets however management over 3KM from waterfronts.”

 

It additional envisaged the invoice as a close to catastrophe one, arguing that there’s hardly any group in Igboland the place water our bodies will not be discovered.

 

The invoice, in keeping with the discharge, violates the Land Use Act and entails that the Federal authorities will authorize or give license to individuals who could wish to sink boreholes wherever in Nigeria.

 

The group, nonetheless, charged all Nigerians of Igbo extraction to talk in opposition to the invoice, particularly now that it’s nonetheless pending on the Nationwide Meeting.

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