Group urges Ambode to halt planned Lagos water privatisation

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has congratulated Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory at the just-concluded governorship elections in Lagos.

ERA/FoEN urged him to live up to his electoral promises when he assumes office, particularly the immediate reversal of the planned privatisation of water in Lagos.

Mr. Ambode won the April 11 Lagos gubernatorial election
​,​ beating his closest rival, Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party to clinch the governorship slot in one of the most keenly contested elections in Lagos’ history.

In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the emergence of Mr. Ambode is a manifestation of the wishes of the electorate who cast their votes in the hope that the governor-elect will sustain the enviable pace of development the state has enjoyed in the last 16 years of democratic rule.

“We join Lagos residents in congratulating Ambode for the mandate he has received to steer the affairs of the state for the next four years,” said Akinbode Oluwafemi, Director of Corporate Accountability, ERA/FoEN.

“We urge him at this point to rally all critical stakeholders to implement policies that will not only alleviate the sufferings of the people but also improve the revenue base of the state.”

Mr. Oluwafemi said that it was pertinent at this point to remind the governor-elect of his electoral promise when he hosted critical stakeholders, including workers in the water unions, that he will not add to the burden of Lagosians through water privatisation.

“While we trust the governor-elect to push through in halting privatisation under the failed Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, we are deeply worried that the Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC), with the support of the World Bank, is still pushing very hard for privatization of water which will disenfranchise millions of Lagos residents,” said Mr. Oluwafemi.

Despite civil societies’ opposition to the scheme, the LWC has forged ahead with its plan to allow private sector participation in water supply in Lagos.

According to Mr. Oluwafemi, the LSWC had recently put out a bid for contractors to commence a process which will also include pre-paid meters.

Shayo Holloway, head of the LWC, had continued to insist that the corporation was not privatising water supply in Lagos but engaging in PPP.

Mr. Oluwafemi said that for ERA/For, the PPP promoted by LSWC had failed in Nagpur, Manila, and other cities of the world where government is now taking back privatised water corporations as was demonstrated in the divestment of Veolia from public water in Paris.

He asked the governor-elect to now clearly state his position on the issue of water privatization in Lagos state,requesting him to oppose the PPP water privatization scheme and rather strengthen the public water system for optimal performance.

“While we congratulate Mr. Ambode for his victory, it is time to work the talk by guaranteeing universal access to water by Lagos residents. We demand a halt to the dangerous PPP. Remunicipalisation is the way to go. There is no other alternative.” said Mr. Oluwafemi.


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  • Frank Bassey

    This is window-dressing. The World Bank has already threatened to sanction LASG if it goes ahead to privatize water. They will do it if they want, because taxing people and looting tax proceeds is the character of APC leadership in Lagos. The TV documentary on Tinubu said it all.

    • burning spear


    • Proud Yoruba

      Do you have water where you come from? Why not worry about development in your own state of origin?

  • burning spear

    “How did the total number of votes cast for the gubernatorial election in Lagos outnumber that of the presidential election?”.
    Nigerians were told that the turnout in the Lagos governorship election lower than the Presidential and estimated to be about 60% of the Presidential election turnout.
    JEGA and INEC, you scam is not adding up.

    • Proud Yoruba

      Because PDP cheated and padded their numbers. PDP padded their numbers by 46,995 votes!

  • egoigwe

    Oya o… Nestle over to you. We don suffer! Water for Christ’s sake is a right for all humans, a natural endowment bestow on us by the Good Lord through nature.

  • Proud Yoruba

    Fellow Yorubas, we have done it, we fired GEJ (the big fish), we fired Agbaje (the ibo lover) now it remains for us to fire ibos from Yorubaland. Hear me out please.

    Please let us not be sentimental, it is good to nip a problem in the bud. The ibos have provoked us, deceived us, scammed us, hated us despite our goodwill and benevolence. It is clear to everyone that they have come not to live in harmony, but to dominate and take over. In their infantile mind, they believe that stealing political power from the Yorubas will give them the easy wealth they seek. Unfortunately, ibos cannot run our state better than Yorubas. They are not stakeholders.

    Their incessant taunting is driving Yorubas to loose their cool like the Oba. It is the devils work to harass people to bad behavior. We do not want things to escalate to a point of violence. We Yorubas are level-headed and sophisticated people, we will not be provoked to violence, but we will not be trampled on either. We have all seen it, they call Yorubas, cowards, amala monkeys, ewedu, etc. Ask yourself why do you deserve this abuse for your goodwill? Ibos are incurable haters.

    God is opening the door to deal with ibos for us. As the plan starts to unfold, please do not resist or start fighting for ibos, it is God’s will.

    1. God wants to develop Nigeria very fast, if ibos do not go back to their land, who will develop it for them? Are we supposed to keep developing in Yoruba land at the expense of the rest of Nigeria developing? Our development is already lobsided with SW GDP of $136billion,and SE GDP of $36 billion. By the time we get to $250 billion, there will be no ibo left in the SE.

    2. Imagine a senario where something happens to Lagos, do you have any other homeland to go to? Ibos will run fast back to their homeland. If you have nowhere else to go, that is what makes you a stakeholder.

    3. Yorubaland has developed fast because we Yorubas stayed in our land through the difficult times, we did not run away to other lands.

    4. There are resources in every land in Nigeria. We need the synergy of having every area of Nigeria contributing their resources to benefit all peoples of Nigeria.

    If Yorubaland keeps developing at current pace, we will not have room for the overcrowding that is already occurring now! Developing our area is causing lazy parasites to abandon their land for our cities, now they have started taking our jobs, our youths are getting restless and we pray it does not reach a boiling point.

    Let us move Nigeria forward, all REGIONS must be developed.

    God bless the Yoruba Nation, God bless Nigeria.