CSO Demands Reversal of Privatisation of Water In Lagos

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth,Nigeria, has demanded for the reversal of water privatization policy of the Lagos State Government on water in the state.

The group, in commemoration of the World water day, embarked on a peaceful  protest last Wednesday,  laid siege on the road leading to the Lagos House, where it made the demand.

Scores of placards wielding  individuals  piqued by the seemingly anti masses policy, stated their disdain, thus,”Our water,our right,no to privatization. “Lagos not for sale.”Oga Ambode, water is for people,not for project.”PPP- Picking the Pockets of the Poor.” PPP will lead to job losses.”Ambode support your people,not corporate project.”Water is a common good,not a commodity.”

At the entrance of the Lagos House,the group’s spokesperson, Phillip Jakpor presented a  petition on their behalf to a group delegated by the executive, led by the Commissioner for the Environment Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Special Adviser Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph, Special Adviser Community and Communication Mr. Kehinde Bamgbetan and others.

Adejare who shares the grieve of the protesters,said that government was not out to privatize water, but planned to explore the Public Private Partnership  due to the huge amount involved.

“Government was not embarking on a total privatization scheme, bearing in mind the importance of water to live.

“Exploring the Public Private Partnership approach to tackle the costly venture, which is clearly too much for government to bear even with the whole accruals available”, the Commissioner stated.

According to him,water treatment plants are currently being overhauled to engender hygienic water for all and it is gulping up to N70m already, that informs why investors need be involved as partners with government to less the burden.

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