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Africa water activists resist corporate privatisation as World Bank meets

CAPPA Water Privatisation

Civil society and labour activists on the platform of the “Our Water Our Right Africa Coalition” have called on African governments to reject water privatisation and demand the return of water systems seized by private corporations back to the hands of the African people to be publicly funded and equitably managed. L-R: Achike Chude, Vice Chair of Joint Action Front; Aderonke Ige, ...

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Groups march on Lagos ministry, demand end to water privatisation

Our Water Our Right movement

Civil society and labour activists on the platform of the Our Water Our Right movement have called on the Lagos State Government to reject all forms of corporate control of water and privatisation of water services, including through so-called “public-private partnerships.” CAPPA’s Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, addressing participants at the Lagos Ministry of Environment and Water Resources The groups include ...

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COVID-19 pandemic and access to public water in Lagos

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The global response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that originated from Wuhan, a city in China in December 2019, has virtually created a new world order. The virus has put medical professionals, public health experts and virtually all of us on our toes and we are now in a race against time as research bodies intensify efforts at developing ...

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UN expresses unease over Lagos’ water privatisation venture

Tunji Bello

The United Nations has expressed concern over the Lagos State Government’s renewed plans to privatise parts of its water system despite widespread public opposition. Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for The Environment & Water Resources In a letter sent to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on January 15, 2020 which only came to light last week, the UN cautioned against the privatisation ...

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Activists accuse Lagos of being untruthful over water privatisation plans

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A team of environmental justice non-governmental organisations opposed to the privatisation of water, the Our Water Our Right Coalition, has described as “extremely disturbing” the decision by the Lagos State Government to press ahead with its Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative in the water sector even with what seems to be an overwhelming public rejection of the idea and repeated denials ...

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World Water Day: Lagosians decry environment law, water privatisation

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Though the new Lagos Environment Law was signed into law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode some three weeks ago, Lagosians only decided to challenge it through a street protest on Wednesday, March 22 2017, to mark the World Water Day (WWD). World Water Day, observed on March 22 every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis all over ...

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Lagos water courts tagged ‘illegal’, ‘unacceptable’

BABATUNDE-ADEJARE

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described Lagos State Government’s establishment of special courts to prosecute illegal water service providers as a cover for promoting water privatisation. The ERA/FoEN position is coming on the heels of media reports which indicated that Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the state Commissioner for Environment, announced the introduction of the courts at ...

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Water privatisation isn’t way out, crusaders urge Lagos lawmakers

Rally

Civil society, community/faith-based groups, and labour activists numbering over 300 on Wednesday marched on the Lagos State House of Assembly, Secretariat to deliver a petition titled “Privatisation is not solution to Lagos water problem” to the Speaker of the House, Obasa Mudashiru. The protest march, which kicked off at the populated Ikeja Under Bridge, saw activists march through the streets, ...

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Lagos urged to shift stand on water privatisation

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Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Obasa Mudashiru, to side with Lagos people in rejecting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water sector. The ERA/FoEN, in a letter to the Speaker titled Privatisation Is Not Solution to Lagos Water Problem, frowned at attempts to foist the PPP model of ...

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Group knocks Lagos legislator’s water privatisation stand

Mudashiru Obasa

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described suggestions by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, that privatisation is the answer to the water needs of Lagosians as a “betrayal of the trust reposed on him by the electorate”. Obasa had, while speaking during a media parley to mark the first year of ...

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