The federal government says there is no going back on the passage of the National Water Resources Bill 2020. Among other things, the bill seeks to place the control of all water, usage and its resources solely at the hands of the Nigerian Government.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed the media along with the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu on Tuesday, said the new Bill is “an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that have been in existence for a long time.”
While accusing critics of the bill as being mischievous, 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.
“These are: Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004; The River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004; The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004; and National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004.
The Minister also said “the overall objective of the amalgamation is the efficient management of the Water Resources Sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens.”