LAGOS: DRILLING BOREHOLE WITHOUT AUTHORITY COULD LEAD TO PRISON

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[Lagos]–The Lagos State government government has recently initiated an Environmental law which stipulates a prison term or fine for residents who drill boreholes without government authorisation.

The bill, which was passed by the state House of Assembly on February 20, 2017, is yet to be signed into law by Governor Akinwumi Ambode.

The legislation specifically criminalises sale or distribution of water by container, tanker, or any other method without a valid license issued by the Department of Water Resources.

It is said that while the government says it targets commercial users, activists fear the ban may affect private citizens, who struggle daily to get water through individual effort.

Also, the United Nations Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation had raised “serious concerns” about the newly passed Lagos State Environmental Bill that criminalises sourcing water from natural sources.




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