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Govs call for review of National Water Resources Bill

Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called for the review of the National Water Resources Bill to accommodate the concerns of all states.

The forum made the call in a communiqué on Wednesday in Abuja and signed by its Chairman, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State after a teleconference meeting on Tuesday.

Fayemi said that the reintroduced Bill did not adequately address the interests of the states and was inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He said that the forum received presentations from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, on the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (LPRES) – a 6-year 500 million dollars World Bank programme.

The programme was aimed at improving the productivity, commercialisation and resilience of targeted livestock production systems in Nigeria.

Fayemi said that the governors unanimously agreed to spearhead the programme in their states.

This, according to him, was particularly in areas such as institutional and innovation systems strengthening, livestock value-chain enhancement, crisis prevention and conflict mitigation and project coordination.

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