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Government alleges politicisation of water bill, shortlists seven states for $50m pilot scheme

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Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, yesterday, alleged ‘unnecessary policitisation’ of the Water Bill currently before the National Assembly.

Addressing State House correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team in Abuja, he noted: “Obviously, I have said so much about this bill. People have been deliberately misinformed. The bill was deliberately politicised.

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In any case, 96 and 97 per cents of the provisions in that bill already exist in four different laws. Water Resources Act 2004, Nigeria Hydrological Services Act, River Basin Development Authorities Act and the National Water Resources Institute Act.”

He hinted that the Federal Government had picked seven states as pilots for a $50million scheme, insisting that the current administration was poised to reform the water sector by effectively regulating relevant infrastructure nationwide.

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Explaining that the sum was part of the $700 million loans provided by the World Bank to execute projects and boost water supply across the federation, the minister listed the benefitting states to Katsina, Imo, Plateau, Kaduna, Delta, Bauchi, and Ekiti, prior to their meeting requisite criteria.

Adamu said other states would get grants for their water and irrigation projects.

On the controversy dogging the proposed water law, the minister stated that the government had resolved to effectively oversight the delivery system, noting that there were no existing data to turn the sector round.

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