Gabriel Suswam, Senator representing Benue North East district, has said that the Water Resources Bill that had generated wide reaction from the public in recent weeks is still a rumour.
Senator Suswam stated this on Friday during the official commissioning and inspection of projects by Samuel Ortom, the state Governor.
The former Benue governor described the bill as anti-people, stating that even if returned to the legislature for passage, it will be resisted.
“The National Assembly will reject the Water Resources Bill in totality and in whatever form it comes. It is anti-people, it is unacceptable and we will not accept it because it is not in the interest of the people,” he said.
“You have no reason to be afraid. There is no bill like that and as far as I am concerned, it is still a rumour. So let us not worry about what does not exist.”
Making reference to the Land Use Act of 1978 which states that all land belongs to the state government alone, Senator Suswam said the lawmakers representing Benue would not fold it arms and allow the Federal Government take over waters of the state.
He insisted that introducing such a bill will require an amendment of the Constitution.