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Lagos Water Campaign Gets Special Mention in Atlas of Utopias

The achievements recorded by Lagos water campaign, spearheaded by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA-FoEN) have been spotlighted in the recently launched 2019 edition of the Atlas of Utopias. The Atlas, an initiative by Transformative Cities, is a unique collection of community-led transformations of water, energy, food and …

Source: The New Diplomat

Union wants Lalong to repeal controversial water sector law – Daily Trust

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) in Plateau State “has called on Governor Simon Bako Lalong to repeal the section of the Water Sector law that privatizes water supply in Jos and environs. (…) They stressed that privatisation of water would not only amount to betrayal of trust by the government of the state but would be immoral for the state government to subject the people to a dangerous experiment that has failed in other countries. Daily Trust reports that the union had, alongside Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and CSOs, staged a protest on April 16 during a public hearing on the bill where they demanded that Article 3 subsection 1(p) of the bill that promotes public-private partnership be expunged.”

Source: Daily Trust

The next phase of the privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’

The next phase of the federal government’s privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’ says Alex Okoh, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Among the first targets: housing. “The new phase targets reforms mostly in the utility and infrastructure sectors which include; water resources, railways airports and highways.” Okoh stated this “when he received a Word Bank delegation led by the Senior Economist (Economics and Private Sector Development), Mr. Volker Treichel which visited the Bureau’s head office in Abuja [and] said this was aimed at correcting the infrastructural deficit in the country.”

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Lagos Water crisis: Alternative roadmap for public water sector

This publication points the way out of the water crisis in Lagos. It reviews the impact and reasons for the failure of the current water system, providing models from around the world for adaptation to the Lagos context, and makes specific recommendations that can be implemented by the Lagos State Government and Lagos State Water Corporation over the short and long term. This way forward will ensure a well-functioning, democratically governed water system in Lagos. This report is a joint effort by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Corporate Accountability International, Public Services International (PSI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and Transnational Institute (TNI).

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