Reps withdraw Water Resources Control Bill for reconsideration

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The controversial Water Resources Control Bill passed by the House of Representatives has been withdrawn.

Passed two months ago, the bill was withdrawn, today during plenary, sequel to the adoption of a Matter of Privilege raised by Benjamin Mzondu (PDP-Benue).

The green chamber also unanimously resolved to gazette the bill for reconsideration.

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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 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.

After arguments by lawmakers for and against, the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimila, ruled that it be withdrawn and gazetted for fresh consideration.

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.

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