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Bill to establish Second River Basin Development Authority in South East scales second reading in Senate

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A Invoice to amend the provisions of the River Basins Authorities Act 2004 to create an extra River Basin Improvement Authority within the South East area scaled the second studying at senate plenary on Tuesday.

The invoice, which was sponsored by former Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Committee on Atmosphere, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, with your entire members of the South East Caucus of the Senate as co-sponsors, seeks to divide the present Anambra-Imo River Basin Improvement Authority into two, specifically, Imo River Basin Improvement Authority to carter for Imo and Abia States, and Anambra River Basin Improvement Authority to carter for Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States.

Within the lead debate introduced on Ekweremadu’s behalf by a co-sponsor, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu), the sponsors stated: “Now we have at current 12 River Basin Improvement Authorities for the six geopolitical zones of the nation and the distribution of the 12 authorities go away the South East zone with just one, the Anambra -Imo River Basin Improvement Authority.

“It’s now sure that one River Basin Improvement Authority is grossly insufficient to carter for the 5 states of South East. The invoice seeks, subsequently, amongst different issues, to create an extra River Basin Improvement Authority to carter for some States of the South East.

“In addition to looking for to divide the Anambra-Imo River Basin Improvement Authority to raised serve the area, the Invoice seeks to realign the jurisdiction of the varied River Basins Improvement Authorities for ease of reference and administration and to offer the authorized foundation for among the current River Basin Improvement Authorities such because the Decrease Niger River Basin Improvement Authority comprising of Kwara and Kogi with headquarters in Ilorin, which don’t have any regulation creating them.”

They added that the brand new River Basin Improvement Authority, when established, would profit the areas below its jurisdiction by boosting agricultural extension in addition to the supply of dams for irrigation and energy era, rural feeder roads improvement, amongst others.

In the meantime, River Basins Improvement Authorities are established to, amongst others, undertake complete improvement of each floor and underground water assets for multipurpose use with specific emphasis on the supply of irrigation infrastructure and the management of floods and erosion and for watershed administration; assemble, function and preserve dams, dykes, wells, boreholes, irrigation and drainage techniques and handover all lands to be cultivated below the irrigation schemes to the farmers; provide water from the Authority’s Storage Schemes to all customers for a charge; assemble, function and preserve roads and bridges linking undertaking websites; and develop and preserve up-to-date and complete water assets grasp plan in addition to water assets, water use, socio-economic and environmental knowledge of the River Basin involved.

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