Civil society and labour activists on the platform of the Our Water Our Proper motion have known as on the Lagos State authorities to reject all types of company management of water and privatisation of water companies, together with by means of so-called “public-private partnerships.”
The teams embrace the Company Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), the Amalgamated Union of Public Companies Civil Service Technical and Leisure Companies Workers (AUPCTRE), and the Joint Motion Entrance (JAF), amongst others.
The teams made the decision in a petition to the Lagos State Authorities by means of the Commissioner for Surroundings, Dr. Tunji Bello after a protest march to mark the graduation of the Africa Week of Motion Towards Water Privatisation which is billed for 11-15 October 2021.
The week of motion was convened by the Our Water Our Proper Africa Coalition comprising labour and civil society teams from Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, amongst others.
The protest march which culminated within the supply of the petition began on the Marwa Gardens with activists chanting solidarity songs and displaying placards with inscriptions similar to “Water will not be Deal”, “World Financial institution Cease Pushing Water Privatisation or PPP on Africa”, “World Financial institution, Take your palms off our water”, and so on.
In a speech on the premises of the Lagos State Ministry of Surroundings, CAPPA Government Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi stated: “the choice to ship this petition to the Lagos authorities is knowledgeable by the physique language of the Lagos authorities which appears to favour privatization at a time that there’s a rising Afro-wide resistance to privatization”.
Others that spoke are Achike Chude, vice chair of JAF, Philip Jakpor, CAPPA Director of Programmes, and Abiodun Bakare, Nigeria Labour Congress Lagos State Secretary.
The letter to the Commissioner for Surroundings, Dr. Tunji Bello, which had as title, AFRICA WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST WATER PRIVATISATION – UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER.
In it, the teams stated that it was frightened that the Lagos State Authorities is but to current its blueprint on how one can develop the water sector that may assure common entry to the individuals of Lagos and that feedback from some authorities officers point out that there’s a fixation with the concept of water privatization and the Public Personal Partnership (PPP).
They famous that experiences from cities the place water has been privatized present charges hike, job losses, low water high quality, shut offs and finally authorities thrown into perpetual money owed.
Most of those cities have embraced remunicipalisation- one other phrase for taking again water from privatizers and placing it the place it ought to be — beneath public and democratic management.
Buenos Aires, Berlin, Ghana, Gabon, Jakarta, Paris, Tanzania, and recently Cameroon are some examples to notice.
The calls for made on the Lagos Authorities is that it reject all types of water privatization and fulfil its obligation to respect, defend, and fulfil the human proper to water for all individuals.
These it might probably do by prioritizing strong public funding, making certain significant public participation in water governance (with specific deal with the views of these sometimes ignored of decision-making, specifically girls, low-income, and rural communities), and enshrining the human proper to water in legislation.
Others are that the state authorities respects and protects the livelihood of staff by making certain secure working circumstances, safety from retribution for elevating complaints, and funding in salaries and pensions reflective of the general public service these staff undertake each day.
Additionally they need the Lagos authorities to withstand stress from worldwide monetary establishments, personal water companies, and different monetary actors to commercialize the water sector and, as an alternative, guarantee common entry to secure water whatever the potential to pay.
To forestall a revolving door or battle of curiosity, they need the state authorities to ban public officers from holding positions within the personal water business for 10 years previous and after their tenure within the public sector.
The group additionally urged the Lagos authorities to undertake options to the Lagos water disaster throughout the public realm, including that such options are discovered within the doc – Lagos Water Disaster: Various Roadmap for Water Sector, copies of which have been delivered to related key ministries and the Ministry of Surroundings workplace.
Signatories to the petition are CAPPA, AUPCTRE, JAF, the Environmental Rights Motion/Associates of the Earth Nigeria, Youngster Well being Organisation, the Africa Ladies Water Sanitation & Hygiene Community and Centre for Human and Socio-Financial Proper.