House of Reps withdraws Water Resources Control Bill
Latest development as House of Representatives has withdrawn the controversial Water Resources Control Bill it passed two months ago.
This followed a Matter of Privilege raised by Rep. Benjamin Mzondu (PDP-Benue), the House unanimously resolved to gazette the bill for reconsideration.
The lawmaker said that a 2020 bill should have passed first and second reading and be subjected to public hearing before its consideration at the Committee of the Whole and passed.
“My privilege has been breached because I was denied the opportunity of seeing the bill before it passed.
“The House Rules is clear and unambiguous, Order 12 Rule 16, 17 and 18 is expressly clear on the gazetting Bills.
“I therefore, move that the bill be completely expunged or be gazetted and subjected to public hearing,” he said.
However, the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Water, Rep. Sada Soli (APC-Katsina), said that the right process was followed before the bill was passed.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabimila, said that the bill be withdrawn and gazetted for fresh consideration.