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Our water, our right! NO to privatisation!

Aug 14, 2015

Stop Public-Private Partnership agreement between Lagos and foreign private firms - a scam and a ploy to extort the people of Lagos. Nigeria has adopted Sustainable Development Goal 6, that commits governments to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and PPP’s undermine this target.

Why is it important

The global water justice movement is building momentum worldwide, from the unfolding remunicipalisation in Indonesia to water profiteer Veolia losing contracts and investors like the World Bank’s private arm. Public Services International, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) is working with the labour community, international partners, and the people of Lagos to build democratic water governance and support the new Lagos governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in rejecting corporate control of water in the African continent’s largest city.

The accelerating campaign in Lagos is part of a growing movement for strong, democratically controlled water systems across Africa and around the world, demanding that water be managed as a public good and fundamental human right.

Many of you signed a recent letter regarding a draconian environment bill which with your support, we won! The problematic measures we opposed were removed from the environment bill. However, the Lagos government is moving forward with a public private partnership which could result in the privatization of water for millions of people. And the French giant Veolia, a transnational corporation with an alarming track record of human rights violations, has already submitted an expression of interest! In other words, despite our victories, Lagos is again at the brink of privatization and we need your help.


As we mark this global event, the Nigerian government must now stop sloganeering and join the rest of the world in taking the responsibility of protecting the environment and nature from the abuse of corporations.


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