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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

National Bank takeover bid hit by legal issues

The proposed privatisation of Kenya’s National Bank has run into trouble “following claims that the deal is being done in violation of the rules governing the sale of state-owned companies.” Critics say the government “has not complied with the privatisation law, and is proceeding with the sale without the involvement of the Privatisation Commission—the agency that oversees the sale of all state assets, including mergers. The commission is required by law to execute each privatisation proposal that the Cabinet has approved.”

Source: The East African

Ministry Overhauls Privatisation Laws

The government is overhauling its privatisation proclamation to “specify which government body will oversee the asset valuation of public enterprises, bring them to public auctions, managing transactions and transfer the enterprises to buyers.” The proclamation was produced with the technical support of the World Bank Group and the Tony Blair Foundation.

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Stop Bad Contracts – Protect Public Services: Sample Provisions from State Statutes

States and local governments spend a substantial portion of their budgets on contracted services, often with no assurance that quality of service will be maintained, costs will be controlled or the public interest will be protected. There ought to be a law! And in many states there are laws that help to protect the public interest. Following are some examples.