Emma Amaize – Asaba
The Ijaw youths on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to tread with caution on the Water Resources Bill, saying the matter could plunge the country into another crisis.
The National President of Ijaw Youth Council, IYC,, Mr.. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, said in a statement that “we heard that the controversial Water Resources Bill, which was stood down at the National Assembly by the 8th Senate is rearing its ugly face in the 9th Senate. We reliably gathered that the executive arm is doing everything possible to send the Bill back to the National Assembly.”
“We are calling on the National Assembly to reject this controversial Bill once again. They hold the ace to the survival of the country. The passage of this bill will put Nigeria in turmoil. “Therefore, Lawmakers from the entire southern Nigeria, especially those from the South- South geopolitical zone should resist every attempt to pass the said Water Resources Bill at the National Assembly.
“The lawmakers should know they are primarily representing their constituents at the two chambers. Our position herein is the collective views of the people they represent.
“IYC thinks that the Federal Government is playing with the intelligence of Nigerians. Southern Nigeria people will do everything lawful to resist the passage of that inimical Bill, which tends to colonize us.
“This should not be another petroleum laws that have denied the Niger Delta people from controlling the petroleum resources in our land. Through legislative rascality with military fiat, the federal government of Nigeria enacted inimical and obnoxious laws to colonize Niger Delta people. Today, we are suffering from this neocolonialism.
“We sensed that the government of Nigeria is surreptitiously reintroducing the botched cattle colony or Ruga settlement. This is a slap on our collective resolve to live in a united Nigeria. We think that the federal government is putting the unity of Nigeria in jeopardy if it continues to push for this Ruga settlement either expressly or implicitly.
“We will not allow any law to take away our Riparian rights over our rivers. We will resist such with all vigour..”