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Lagos water campaign achievements

The several achievements recorded by Lagos water campaign, spearheaded by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA-FoEN) have been spotlighted in the 2019 edition of the Atlas of Utopias launched online Thursday, in Amsterdam. The cases show how public solutions based on principles of cooperation and solidarity rather than competition and private profit have been more successful in meeting people’s basic needs – and perhaps just as importantly in creating a spirit of confidence and empowerment that strengthen communities for many other challenges.

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

Nigeria: U.S.-Based Nigerians Seek Emergency Declaration in Power Sector

A former national chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE), Mr. Emmanuel Akinwole, has told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the previous privatisation contract for the power sector “was a bad business proposal that could not work. He said the slow success in the sector was due to the faulty privatisation procedure and had nothing to do with the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Fashola as the previous minister.” Akinwole says the contract should be reviewed.

Source: allAfrica.com

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.”

Source: pop-client

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 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.

Abuja Water Summit Rejects Privatisation Projects

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. The meeting called on Nigeria’s president and the governor of the state of Lagos to immediately halt all negotiations on privatisation.

Source: PSI

Summit against water privatization gathers in Abuja

Global activists, unionists and human rights advocates will meet in Abuja, on 29-30 January for a national summit that aims at achieving the human right to water in Nigeria and around the world. Participants will come from communities around the world which have been directly impacted by the damages caused by private water industry.

Source: PSI