Ortom kicks against water resources bill, says Benue will resist it


Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has kicked against the re-introduction of the controversial Water Resources Bill at the National Assembly.
The Water Resources Bill was l reintroduced to the House of Representatives last week by the Chairman of House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli.
Speaking at the distribution of seedlings in Makurdi, Ortom, declared that Benue state will resist the law if other states encourage it.
He alleged that the agenda of the federal government is to seize land from the 36 states of the federation.
He insisted that Benue would not surrender its land in whatever guise to the federal government.
“Let me say emphatically that there will be no Water Resources Bill in Benue State; we will resist it, if other states encourage it, here in Benue we will not accept it.
“The other time they brought water resources bill we said no, now they are bringing the evil bill again, it is evil plan to take over waterways.
“Land use Act is clear about this that land belongs to people and it is entrusted to the state governor and I promise that no one will come to Benue to seize our land,” he said.
The bill was introduced in the 8th Assembly and many Nigerians opposed it over concern that it was a ploy by the federal government to grab land from some state government.


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