Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described as draconian, the National Water Resources Bill before the National Assembly, saying it would have some adverse effects on the predominantly maritime states if it is passed into law.
Diri, who condemned the bill yesterday when the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dame Didi Walson-Jack and her team visited him at the Government House in Yenagoa, advised those promoting the bill to withdraw it.
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The governor’s spokesman, Mr Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that it would be unfair and unjust to introduce the water resources bill when oil-producing states were still agitating for a fair deal from their oil and gas resources.
Earlier, Walson-Jack, said in 2019, a national campaign was launched to end open defecation in the country.
The minister said this was critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 on water and sanitation.