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South-East Coalition cautions presidency, lawmakers over National Water Resources Bill

A coalition of South-East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL), a socio-political youth group, has resolved that it could talk with the legislators on the pressing must jettison the Nationwide Water Assets Invoice which it described as “divisive”, for the curiosity of the nation.

The South-East Coalition criticized the try by alleged vested pursuits inside the presidency in cahoots with sure members of the Nationwide Meeting, to push by way of the Nationwide Water Assets Invoice 2020.

COSEYL in a press assertion signed by its President-Basic, Goodluck Egwu Ibem and Secretary-Basic, Comrade Kanice Igwe, and made accessible to DAILY POST, in Aba on Tuesday, vowed to take actions inside the regulation and constitutional limits of the nation to cease the enactment of Nationwide Water Assets Invoice.

The Coalition posited that the reintroduction of the Nationwide Water Assets Invoice was contemporaneous with the grazing invoice, which it claimed was designed to seize individuals’s lands and sources.

It will be recalled that the eighth Nationwide Meeting, led by Senator Bukola Saraki, rejected the Nationwide Water Useful resource Invoice following the outcry that trailed it.

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The Nationwide Water Useful resource Invoice 2020 seeks to carry all Water Assets, Surfaces, underground, basins, riverbanks, wherever they exist and adjoining lands, below the management of the Federal Authorities.

However, the COSEYL press assertion partly learn, “Upon introduction by its sponsor(s), nevertheless, the divisive invoice set southern and northern lawmakers on collision course whereupon heated arguments alongside regional traces tore the home aside. After hearings and readings, the stated invoice couldn’t get concurrence on the senate, nevertheless.

“The Coalition now asks: What occurred to different vital items of laws the Nationwide Meeting has concluded laws however are nonetheless ready for government or presidential assent? Why is it {that a} sure a part of the nation, below the ninth meeting, gave the impression to be sponsoring payments to censor social media by way of anti-social media invoice; freedom of speech by way of hate speech invoice and even a invoice to ban the usage of generator set in a rustic the place presently electrical energy tariff skyrocketed by past one hundred pc as present realities dictate? When is the federal government for as soon as going to be pro-people and pro-poor?

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“In accordance with the Land Use Act, lands and pure sources (together with water) thereof have been by no means the unique protect of the federal authorities. However this obnoxious invoice seeks, amongst different issues, to not solely annexe or applicable individuals’s lands however to position all river basins, water our bodies, atop and beneath Nigerian soil, below the management of the federal authorities. What turns into of areas like Niger Delta areas and Lagos ought to this invoice see the elevate of the day? Within the spirit of federalism (which Nigeria adopted since 1954), the federal authorities can’t solely and singularly personal belongings comparable to land. What’s the plot behind this if to not additional fan the embers of division and unhealthy blood as seen earlier than evidently?.

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“For the document, the Coalition needs to remind the presidency, the chief and people legislators who left the yearnings and aspirations of their constituents to pursue this object that the electoral modification act, which might have allowed the usage of server and digital voting if handed into regulation, may facilitate peaceable and easy conduct of elections in Edo and Ondo continues to be ready for government assent. Equally is the Petroleum Business Invoice, (PIB), which might have, if revisited, protected the curiosity of host communities and thus enable Nigerians to personal artisanal and modular refineries ready for presidential assent. Additionally jettisoned is the confab report of 2014 which for the primary time noticed Nigerians come to renegotiate British phrases. Why do the chief along with its legislative brokers ignore extra vitally urgent points to chase what has been rejected”.

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