The Rivers Government has begun moves to control flooding and indiscriminate building on waterways in the state with its Waterways Authority Bill 2017 currently before the Rivers House of Assembly.
The Speaker of the House, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani, says the bill when passed into law will not only control and prohibit indiscriminate building on waterways but will ensure the establishment of the authority.
Ibani, who made the assertion while speaking on the bill that underwent its first reading at a plenary on Thursday in Port Harcourt, said the Executive Bill was intended to address environmental issues in the state
“The bill is also expected to address the establishment of Rivers State Waterways Authority, the composition, tenure of office, removal, and remuneration of its governing board among others,’’ he said.
The speaker also noted that flash flooding and perennial flooding remained a global threat that should be urgently addressed through proper environmental policies.
Ibani also called for sufficient input from lawmakers, especially the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development to enhance the passage of the bill into law.