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The question of privatizing state-owned refineries is a central dividing line in the elections 2019

The Financial Times reports that the question of privatizing state-owned refineries was a central dividing line in the 16 February election of the President, Vice President and National Assembly. The incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari’s “focus is state-led growth and his plan is to form public-private partnerships to revive the refineries.” Atiku Abubakar, his main rival, “plans to sell off the refineries. The 72-year-old made his fortune in the oil and gas business before leading the country’s patchy privatisation drive as vice-president in the 2000s.”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

FG hands over Warri port terminal to concessionaire

The Bureau of Public Enterprises has privatized Terminal B of the Warri Old Port to a private concessionaire, Ocean & Cargo Terminal Services Limited. Mr. Abudu Eroje, Deputy Secretary-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) “commended the concession of the Warri Port. He said that when fully operational, the port would ease the persistent gridlock on roads leading to the Lagos ports.”

Source: Punch Newspapers

Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects

Unions, civil society organisations and allies convened a Water Summit in Abuja on 29-30 January to call a halt to the water privatisation plans being foisted on the government of Nigeria and state governments by the World Bank, by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and other groups ideologically committed to privatisation and market control.

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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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Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, NASU, Nigeria

Listen to PSI Vice-President, Adeniyi Peters Adeyemi, from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, describe the challenges facing his union: the privatisation of Nigeria electricity services and the Ebola crisis.