Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has signed into law, a bill establishing the Niger State Water and Sewage Corporation.
The law which was signed at the weekly State Executive Council meeting held Wednesday 20th May, 2020 at the Government House in Minna, follows the passage of a bill to that effect by the Niger State House of Assembly.
The essence of the Water and Sewage Corporation Law is to provide a developed water system through the establishment of an independent, autonomous and commercially viable utility that ensures efficient and sustainable delivery of safe and clean drinking water to the people of Niger State.
The establishment of the Water and Sewage Corporation is the climax of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) program, that seeks to help water utilities in providing one hundred and fifty thousand households with access to potable water in six states, including Niger.
The new Law has an operational date of 25th of March, 2020.
Also signed into Law, were two other bills namely; the Niger State Tertiary Institutions Law, which increases the retirement age of Academic Staff of Niger State-owned Tertiary Institutions from 60 to 65 years and the Legislative House (Powers and Privileges) Law which
empowers State Legislators to invite any member of the public for questioning as well as shield law makers from verbal or written litigations during plenary.
The operational dates of both Laws are 8th of May 2019 and 21st of January 2020, respectively.