Afenifere opposes reintroduction of National Water Resources Bill – The Sun Nigeria
The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural association, Afenifere, Ondo State Chapter, has urged the National Assembly to reject the National Water Resources Bill, which was resubmitted on June 29.
The bill was presented for first reading by the Chairman of the House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli.
The bill, which was introduced and rejected by lawmakers in the 8th Assembly following a public outcry, was reintroduced in the current 9th National Assembly in 2020, but has been met with backlash from the Nigerians, forcing the National Assembly to withdraw it.
Afenifere, in a statement released at the end of his Caucus meeting on Friday in Akure by Mr. Remi Olayiwola, the Publicity Secretary, said the reintroduction of the bill was an insult to Nigerians of all geopolitical divides.
The association urged all traditional chiefs and political leaders in the state to work tirelessly against the bill.
“For the umpteenth time, a bill titled the National Water Resources Bill, to take care of all interstate rivers and hydrological territory in all regions of the country, has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
“Here is a bill that twice in the 8th and 9th assemblies has failed to stand the test of time.
“Why should there be desperation to bring the same bill back to the House? This is just another ungodly way to enslave the people of this country,” Afenifere said.
On the implication of the Water Resources Bill on the people, the association noted that the states of the federation run the risk of losing their identity and rights to the federal government.
According to the association, while the majority of people are calling for greater decentralization of government, the bill calls for more responsibility for the federal government.
Afenifere noted that the National Water Resources Bill would have negative consequences and was a “cunning action skillfully imposed on the nation, which well-meaning Nigerians must resist.”
He said that if the federal government had embarked on the restructuring of the country as prompted by the management of Afenifere over the years, the reintroduction of the water bill would not have been necessary. (NOPE)