The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the National Water Resources Bill 2020 owing to its pro-privatisation and other anti-people provisions.
A letter to President Buhari was informed by a clause by clause analysis of the Bill done by both organisations, which exposed the dangers it posed to attainment of the Human Right to Water, and the wide criticism that its re-emergence at the National Assembly has garnered from both civil society and other groups across the federation.
AUPCTRE and CAPPA, in the letter, dated September 3, 2020, addressed to the President Muhammadu Buhari , said the Bill had very disturbing provisions and would impose a privatization agenda on Nigerians with accompanying draconian provisions that was only possible in the military era.
The Bill is titled, a Bill for An Act to Establish a Regulatory Framework for the Water Resources Sector in Nigeria, provide for the equitable and sustainable development management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface Water and Ground Water Resources and for related matters, failed to secure concurrent passage by both Houses under the Eighth Assembly in 2018.
In the current Assembly, it has scaled Second Reading in the House of Representatives and has been referred to the House Committee on Rules and Business.
In the letter signed by AUPCTRE National President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony, and CAPPA Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, both organisations expressed worry that two years after the same Bill was discarded, it again found its way to the hallowed chambers in an unwholesome manner and without recourse to public opinion and protocols.
They were particularly concerned about Sections 1, 2, 3, 13, 22, 24, 89, 98, 104, 105 and 107. As well as Sections 109, 110, 120, 121, 125, 129 and 131.