The House of Representatives on Wednesday reintroduced the controversial Water Resources Bill.
The sponsor, Honourable Sada Soli, said wide consultations have been made for a better version of the bill. He assured that if at any point, indications suggest that it will negatively affect any section of the country, he will voluntarily withdraw the bill.
The Water Resources Bill was first introduced in the 8th Assembly but was rejected by the lawmakers. It was then reintroduced in the 9th Assembly but received backlash from a broad section of Nigerians and legislators who feared that it could endanger the unity of the country.
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The bill seeks to bring all water resources (surface and underground) and the banks of the water sources under the control of the Federal Government.
It has been read for the first time and would be debated when it is scheduled for the second reading.