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 contained in a statement issued by the Assembly Press Unit to journalists in Uyo on Tuesday.
The statement noted that the bill sponsored by the House Leader and member representing Oruk Anam State constituency, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan, when passed into law, will provide for the development and regulation of the water sector.
Akpan in his submission, noted that the bill will provide for the establishment of a Water Sanitation Agency, Water Council and Regulatory Commission as well as Wastewater Management and other related matters.
He added, â€œthe bill will also promote healthy water supply, especially for the increasing population of our state. it will further boost the stateâ€™s partnership with donor agencies.â€
In his contribution, Dr Usoro Akpanusoh (Ibeno/Esit Eket) said the Bill will encourage partnerships with corporate agencies in the provision of hygienic and portable water to rural communities.
Dr Akpanusoh appealed to the House to give the Bill accelerated hearing and speedy passage, maintaining that it will address issues of vandalism of water pipes by oil companies.
Also speaking, the Deputy House Leader, Barr. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan (Etinan), said that the Bill will ensure strict supervision of borehole drilling and prevent possible natural disasters occasioned by improper 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 in-depth scrutiny and to report back to the House within one month.