[Exclusive] Reps in secret plot to pass land-grabbing bill


…As house breach own rules, constitution, to push through legislation

Reps in secret plot to pass land-grabbing bill (Exclusive)

By Tordue Salem – Abuja

The House of Representatives may be in a surreptitious plot, to ram through a bill that seeks to vest the power over all water sources across the federation, in the hands of the Executive.

The Bill when first introduced last year by the Presidency had generated controversy across the country, because of its desire to have the Federal Government take charge of lands and water resources in the country.

Some commentators, thought of it as a decoy, to advance the interests of the cattle-herding population.

Even the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, had raised concerns over the piece of legislation on July 23, querying that “Is this not the same Bill that generated controversy in the Media”.

He, however, allowed it pass, when the Chairman, Rules and Business, Rep. Abubakar Fulata, convinced him otherwise.

The Bill entitled: “National Water…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper