“We’ll challenge this illegality in court ” – SERAP threatens to take legal action over Water Resource Bill 2020

 

The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP) has threaten to take legal action against President Buhari’s government over the Water Resource Bill Act 2020.

The non-profit organization announced this on their official social media page, Friday August 28,  as the human rights organization protests over the Water Resource Bill which has already passed its second reading at the National Assembly.

SERAP called on the National Assembly to immediately drop the “ illegal Water Resources Bill” which requires Nigerians to obtain a permit from the government before sinking a borehole in their homes.

The organization tweeted:

“We call on the leadership of @nassnigeria to immediately drop the illegal Water Resources bill 2020, which requires Nigerians to obtain a permit before sinking a borehole in their homes.

We’ll challenge this illegality in court should the bill ever be passed into law.

The bill also states, among others, that “the use of water shall be subject to licencing provisions”. The licence can be withdrawn on flimsy grounds.

Rather than addressing severe water crisis and improving access of Nigerians facing daily challenges just to access safe water for drinking and hygiene, the National Assembly is pushing to take away Nigerians’ fundamental human right to clean water.

Yet, Nigeria has ratified numerous human rights treaties that contain obligations related to water and sanitation, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

 

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