Water assets invoice is RUGA in disguise – Igbo group

A foremost Igbo group, Affiliation of South East City Unions (ASETU) has described the Water Sources Invoice mendacity earlier than the Nationwide Meeting as Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) agricultural programme in disguise.

The group made the comment in a press release signed by its Nationwide President, Chief Emeka Diwe and Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Gideon Adikwuru.

The union in a launch famous that the reason by the Minister of Info, Lai Mohammed that the mentioned invoice has no relationship with RUGA ended up convincing all that there was extra to the invoice than meets the eyes.

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It submitted that Igbo land wouldn’t cede any a part of its land or water physique for the needs of RUGA agricultural programme.

Based on the union, “The Water Sources Invoice if handed into legislation provides the federal authorities possession not solely over water and underground assets however management over 3KM from waterfronts.”

It additional envisaged the invoice as a close to catastrophe one, arguing that there’s hardly any neighborhood in Igboland the place water our bodies aren’t discovered.

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The invoice, based on the discharge, violates the Land Use Act and entails that the Federal authorities will authorize or give license to individuals who could need to sink boreholes anyplace in Nigeria.

The group, nonetheless, charged all Nigerians of Igbo extraction to talk in opposition to the invoice, particularly now that it’s nonetheless pending on the Nationwide Meeting.

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