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Water Resources Bill is very dangerous, says Akwa Ibom governor


Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has described the Water Resources Bill before the National Assembly as ‘very dangerous’, saying if passed into law, all resources in water would be owned by the Federal Government.

Fielding questions from journalists, the governor said the obnoxious bill does not only affect the South-South states but any state that has water resources.“It does not only affect the South-South states, but also Lagos, Ondo and other states are affected by the Water Resources Bill, placing everything either on the surface or underneath water in Federal Government’s jurisdiction.

“It is a very dangerous bill but I cannot discuss it or other matters associated with this bill now,” he said.The governor, who celebrated his three years in office and 19 years of unbroken democratic rule in the country, said the South-South elders and other sections of the country would have to meet on the subject matter.

On the security challenges in the state and entire country, Udom alleged that some persons, whose names he declined to mention, have been sponsoring miscreants to cause mayhem in the state, especially in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo local councils.

He stressed that every security challenge in the state or the country, was traceable to cultism, adding that government was doing everything to tame kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in the council areas.

“What is happening now in most of these areas we are talking now is mostly caused by cultism. The bedrock of every security challengers and crimes in this country are traced to cultism. When young people are initiated into cults, the first thing they give them is a gun,” he stated.

He, therefore, called on parents to be conscious of the type of friends and company their wards keep, as government could not fight the menace alone, urging everybody to ask questions when they see any suspicious movement.

“Government cannot do it alone, parents have a role to play here, when you see a brother who is behaving somehow, you need to caution that brother; let’s make our people know that they cannot succeed through criminality,” he stressed.He appealed to journalists to always report the state on the positive side, stressing that, he was not against criticism but such must be constructive so as to help him do well for the people of the state.

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