The Akwa Ibom State Water Resources Sector Management and Regulation Bill 2022, on Tuesday, plenary of the State House of Assembly passed Second Reading.
This was consisted of in a statement issued by the Assembly Press Unit to journalists in Uyo on Tuesday.
The declaration kept in mind that the costs sponsored by the House Leader and member representing Oruk Anam State constituency, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan, when passed into law, will attend to the development and policy of the water sector.
Akpan in his submission, noted that the bill will offer the facility of a Water Sanitation Agency, Water Council and Regulatory Commission as well as Wastewater Management and other associated matters.
He added, “the expense will also promote healthy supply of water, particularly for the increasing population of our state. it will further boost the state’s partnership with donor firms.”
In his contribution, Dr Usoro Akpanusoh (Ibeno/Esit Eket) said the Bill will encourage collaborations with corporate firms in the provision of hygienic and portable water to rural communities.
Dr Akpanusoh attracted your house to offer the Bill accelerated hearing and speedy passage, preserving that it will deal with problems of vandalism of water pipes by oil business.
Speaking, the Deputy House Leader, Barr. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan (Etinan), said that the Bill will ensure strict supervision of borehole drilling and avoid possible natural disasters occasioned by inappropriate drilling of boreholes in the state.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, referred the Bill to the Joint Committees on Lands, Housing and Environment for thorough analysis and to report back to your home within one month.