PDP to Lagos Assembly: Suspend law banning borehole drilling in private homes

The Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the State House of Assembly headed by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa to suspend implementation of the law banning drilling of boreholes in private homes in the state, describing such law as very suffocating and misdirected at this time when the state government had been unable to provide potable water for the residents.

The party made the call on Sunday in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, even as it further urged the Lagos Assembly to act as true representatives of the people by suspending the implementation of any other obnoxious laws in the state.

The state government a few days ago through the State’s Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC) cautioned operators in the borehole drilling industry against carrying on with their activities without the requisite licence and permit from the agency, warning that erring practitioners would henceforth be sanctioned in violation of the Environmental Protection and Management Law 2017.

The government said the warning came on the heels of enforcement carried out by the LSWRC at some construction sites in Ikoyi axis of the state where boreholes were drilled specifically in a block of 36-flats without licence and permits, as well as adhering to safety measures.

PDP, while kicking against the implementation of the said law, described the step as inconsiderate to the masses and provocative, warning that its implementation would make life unbearable for Lagosians.

The party, however, urged the state government to make the process of obtaining a permit for borehole drilling “seamless, timorous and at no cost at all to the residents” if the law was at all to regulate drilling in the state.

It suggested that authorities to be put in charge of granting permits for drilling should have offices in all wards and not centralized at Alausa, Ikeja, noting sadly that the order rolled out by the state government had negatively affected the peasant labourers doing the drilling.

 

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