WATER BILL

The House of Representatives has resolved to re-gazette and reconsider the controversial National Water Resources Bill.
In a motion raised on the Floor by Hon Benjamin Mzondu under Matters of privilege, the lawmaker stated that the process which led to the passage of the bill earlier by the House in July 2020 was not duely followed.
Mzondu who drew attention of the House to the breach of procedure on the Bill cited relevant sections of the House’s Standing Orders, which states that where a Bill on a particular subject matter failed to pass, the bill in the preceding assembly has to be re-gazetted or fresh clean copies transmitted to members for consideration.
He argued further that the Bill was not re-gazetted, neither were clean copies made available for members.
He said that his privileges were breached, as he was ignorant of the content, and was not in a position to educate his constituents about it.
Hon. Mzondu’s position was supported by several other members.
The Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila while ruling noted that the lawmaker was in order and directed that the Bill be expunged from the business of the House and be regazetted.
He cited the infectious diseases Bill which has a similar procedural defect and now has to be sent for public hearing.
Addressing Journalists later, Spokesman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, explained that the basis of withdrawing the bill was largely due to its procedure and not the content.



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