Is It Legal For Government Or Any Group To Charge You For Drilling Borehole On Your Land

DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 238)
“IS IT LEGAL FOR GOVERNMENT OR ANY GROUP TO CHARGE YOU FOR DRILLING BOREHOLE ON YOUR LAND? “

The right to use any water (both surface and unground water) in any part of Nigeria is vested on the Federal Government of Nigeria. But, any person (Nigerian or Foreigner) who has either a statutory or customary right of occupancy to any land in any part of Nigeria, has right to take and use water including unground water source (like Wells and boreholes) from that land for domestic purposes, and agricultural purposes WITHOUT ANY CHARGE, COST, FEE, TAX or LEVY.

The recent demand for borehole levy by locals and some groups are illegal and should be stopped. Talk to your lawyer, today. Now you have an answer to the question; Is It Legal For Government Or Any Group To Charge You For Drilling Borehole On Your Land?

My authorities are sections 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 13, 20 and 21 of the Water Resources Act,

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