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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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The Our Water, Our Right Movement has asked to halt ongoing water privatisation in Lagos

The Our Water, Our Right Movement led by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Lagos Governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu, to halt ongoing water privatisation in Lagos. The movement said “in tackling the water challenge, previous administrations including the outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode have not consulted Lagos citizens, and instead, advanced false solutions including the globally-discredited Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of water privatisation.”

Source: THISDAYLIVE

The privatization industry has produced a report to promote ‘public-private partnerships’ in the water sector

The privatization industry has produced a report to promote ‘public-private partnerships’ in the water sector. The report, a collaborative effort by The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC. “As the water sector increasingly invests in advanced wastewater treatment, energy recovery, potable water reuse, desalination and other complex infrastructure, P3s will have a key role to play in advancing a number of these critical projects,” said Stephen Auton-Smith, an EYIA managing director.

Source: Water Finance & Management

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Letter to UN Secretary General cautions against more pressure for PPPs in Water

Letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon cautions against more pressure for PPPs in Water from High Level Panel. On the eve of Earth Day, Global Water Justice and a number of unions (including Public Services International, Food and Water Watch, and the Coalición de Organizaciones Mexicanas por el Derecho al Agua), water justice, and social justice organisations from around the world sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saying they are “are particularly concerned about the strong emphasis on private sector participation and private financing given the overwhelming evidence that privatization has resulted in the inability of governments to ensure the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all.