President Muhammad Buhari has re-submitted an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for the Federal Government to be responsible for all Waterways and their banks in Nigeria.
It is worthy of mention that during Buhari’s first term, the NASS under the Leadership of Saraki and Dogara rejected the Bill when it was presented.
The National Water Bill enables the annexing of thousands of lands adjoining the River Bank, which according to communities are ancestral lands belonging to poor farmers.
Many have accused the President of an ulterior agenda with the promotion of the bill, claiming the Federal Government may concede permanent grazing rights to the herdsmen as a possible solution to the crisis. Many expressed fear that this may encourage the herdsmen to migrate freely across the country and into their lands.
Some have pointed out the legal status of the bill which would abrogate the Land Use Act vesting all the land in the State to the State Governors. Many opposing the National Water Bill claim it would legalize grazing calories through the backdoor and that it ought to focus on the basic provision of potable water for all Nigerians; and partnership for infrastructural development at the discretion of the State Governments.
The National Assembly will therefore deliberate diligently on this Bill due to the varied position of Nigerians on it.