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Activists urge Plateau governor to rescind water privatisation law

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Civil Society activists have called on the Plateau State governor, Governor Simon Lalong to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector Bill which he signed on June 4, 2019 despite opposition.

The activists, in a communique issued at the end of a meeting held in Jos on Tuesday, warned that privatisation of water is a disservice to the people.

The communique reads:

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and coalition of civil society and grassroots leaders organized a one-day stakeholder dialogue on water privatization at the secretariat of AUPCTRE in Jos, Plateau State on 5 November 2019.
The event was informed by the need to pile more pressure on Governor Simon Lalong to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector Bill which he signed on June 4, 2019 despite popular opposition to it.
AUPCTRE, ERA/FoEN and the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance were among groups that opposed the law when it was a draft at a Public Hearing organized by the Plateau State House of Assembly on 16 April 2019. Unfortunately, the lawmakers hastily passed the bill on the last day of their sitting and forwarded it to the governor who equally appended his signature on June 4.
In his welcome address, AUPCTRE National President, Benjamin Anthony said that the stakeholder dialogue was convened since under a water privatisation regime what is supposed to be a free gift of nature and best managed in a democratic space will be handed over to for profit only entities.
Comrade Anthony said the groups opposed to privatisation of water are armed with ample evidence that in virtually all cities where the same model was experimented, it led to rate hikes, poor quality service, shut offs for the most vulnerable people in the communities who cannot pay, lay-offs for workers, and other consequences that erode the universal access to water that United Nations (UN) advocates.
Other speakers at the event include Philip Jakpor, Head, Media & Campaigns of ERA/FoEN who spoke on the dangers of privatisation, as well as Comrade Steve Aluko, and Olatunji Buhari, ERA/FoEN Project Officer, both of whom spoke on the the imperatives of community involvement in the water campaign.
The participants were unanimous in demanding that the governor revoke the law and open up the water discourse to inputs from the critical public.
In the course of the Dialogue, participants further observed that:
1. The silence of Governor Simon Lalong over demands to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector law is capable of rupturing the existing peace in the state
2. In the fashioning of Plateau state water sector law, the promoters did not consider the human right to water
3. The views and input of Plateau State citizens were not considered in the deliberations on the bill by the 8th state house of assembly. Its hasty passage and signing is suspicious and anti-people
4. The law opens the doors widely for privatizers to take possession of the water resources and infrastructure of Plateau State
5. The law did not consider existing proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes which Plateau state can also adopt such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more

Participants therefore recommended strongly that:
1. Governor Simon Lalong should initiate the process of immediately revoke the Plateau State Water law to preserve the existing harmony in the state. The state government should also reject all forms of water privatization and commodification.
2. Plateau State Government fully uphold the human right to water as an obligation of the government, representing the people.

3. The Plateau State government integrate broad public participation in developing plans to achieve universal access to clean water.
4. The administration of Governor Lalong make adequate budgetary allocation for the Plateau State Water sector. The release of N400 million for rehabilitation of the existing waterworks in the state is commendable but the details still remain sketchy. Participants also reject the idea of rehabilitating the waterworks and handing it over to privatisers

5. The state government commit to serve public interests, instead of giving up responsibility to privatizers.

6. Plateau State adopt proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more
7. The coalition should embark on community sensitization to inform them about the dangers of water privatisation

SIGNED:
Comrade Benjamin Anthony, National President, AUPCTRE
Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria
Co-Signatories
Steve Aluko, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance
Comrade Sunday Akinfolarin, Nigeria Labour Congress, Jos
Nyiam Shombot, Host Communities Network
Atsen Yakubu Arin, Angwan Rukuba Community, Jos
Paul Adagbo, Jenta Aclamu Community, Jos
Shuaibu Ibrahim, Federal Local Governemnt, Jos community
Mercy Ichor, Alheri community, Jos
Bethel Isa Joseph, Tudnun-Wada Community, Jos
Timothy Ravo, Utan Community, Jos
Ismail A.Rabiu, Garba Daho Communtiy, Jos

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE ON WATER PRIVATISATION HELD IN PLATEAU ON 05 NOVEMBER 2019.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and coalition of civil society and grassroots leaders organized a one-day stakeholder dialogue on water privatization at the secretariat of AUPCTRE in Jos, Plateau State on 5 November 2019.
The event was informed by the need to pile more pressure on Governor Simon Lalong to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector Bill which he signed on June 4, 2019 despite popular opposition to it.
AUPCTRE, ERA/FoEN and the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance were among groups that opposed the law when it was a draft at a Public Hearing organized by the Plateau State House of Assembly on 16 April 2019. Unfortunately, the lawmakers hastily passed the bill on the last day of their sitting and forwarded it to the governor who equally appended his signature on June 4.
In his welcome address, AUPCTRE National President, Benjamin Anthony said that the stakeholder dialogue was convened since under a water privatisation regime what is supposed to be a free gift of nature and best managed in a democratic space will be handed over to for profit only entities.
Comrade Anthony said the groups opposed to privatisation of water are armed with ample evidence that in virtually all cities where the same model was experimented, it led to rate hikes, poor quality service, shut offs for the most vulnerable people in the communities who cannot pay, lay-offs for workers, and other consequences that erode the universal access to water that United Nations (UN) advocates.
Other speakers at the event include Philip Jakpor, Head, Media & Campaigns of ERA/FoEN who spoke on the dangers of privatisation, as well as Comrade Steve Aluko, and Olatunji Buhari, ERA/FoEN Project Officer, both of whom spoke on the the imperatives of community involvement in the water campaign.
The participants were unanimous in demanding that the governor revoke the law and open up the water discourse to inputs from the critical public.
In the course of the Dialogue, participants further observed that:
1. The silence of Governor Simon Lalong over demands to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector law is capable of rupturing the existing peace in the state
2. In the fashioning of Plateau state water sector law, the promoters did not consider the human right to water
3. The views and input of Plateau State citizens were not considered in the deliberations on the bill by the 8th state house of assembly. Its hasty passage and signing is suspicious and anti-people
4. The law opens the doors widely for privatizers to take possession of the water resources and infrastructure of Plateau State
5. The law did not consider existing proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes which Plateau state can also adopt such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more

Participants therefore recommended strongly that:
1. Governor Simon Lalong should initiate the process of immediately revoke the Plateau State Water law to preserve the existing harmony in the state. The state government should also reject all forms of water privatization and commodification.
2. Plateau State Government fully uphold the human right to water as an obligation of the government, representing the people.

3. The Plateau State government integrate broad public participation in developing plans to achieve universal access to clean water.
4. The administration of Governor Lalong make adequate budgetary allocation for the Plateau State Water sector. The release of N400 million for rehabilitation of the existing waterworks in the state is commendable but the details still remain sketchy. Participants also reject the idea of rehabilitating the waterworks and handing it over to privatisers

5. The state government commit to serve public interests, instead of giving up responsibility to privatizers.

6. Plateau State adopt proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more
7. The coalition should embark on community sensitization to inform them about the dangers of water privatisation

SIGNED:
Comrade Benjamin Anthony, National President, AUPCTRE
Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria
Co-Signatories
Steve Aluko, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance
Comrade Sunday Akinfolarin, Nigeria Labour Congress, Jos
Nyiam Shombot, Host Communities Network
Atsen Yakubu Arin, Angwan Rukuba Community, Jos
Paul Adagbo, Jenta Aclamu Community, Jos
Shuaibu Ibrahim, Federal Local Governemnt, Jos community
Mercy Ichor, Alheri community, Jos
Bethel Isa Joseph, Tudnun-Wada Community, Jos
Timothy Ravo, Utan Community, Jos
Ismail A.Rabiu, Garba Daho Communtiy, Jos

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE ON WATER PRIVATISATION HELD IN PLATEAU ON 05 NOVEMBER 2019.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and coalition of civil society and grassroots leaders organized a one-day stakeholder dialogue on water privatization at the secretariat of AUPCTRE in Jos, Plateau State on 5 November 2019.
The event was informed by the need to pile more pressure on Governor Simon Lalong to COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE ON WATER PRIVATISATION HELD IN PLATEAU ON 05 NOVEMBER 2019.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and coalition of civil society and grassroots leaders organized a one-day stakeholder dialogue on water privatization at the secretariat of AUPCTRE in Jos, Plateau State on 5 November 2019.
The event was informed by the need to pile more pressure on Governor Simon Lalong to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector Bill which he signed on June 4, 2019 despite popular opposition to it.
AUPCTRE, ERA/FoEN and the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance were among groups that opposed the law when it was a draft at a Public Hearing organized by the Plateau State House of Assembly on 16 April 2019. Unfortunately, the lawmakers hastily passed the bill on the last day of their sitting and forwarded it to the governor who equally appended his signature on June 4.
In his welcome address, AUPCTRE National President, Benjamin Anthony said that the stakeholder dialogue was convened since under a water privatisation regime what is supposed to be a free gift of nature and best managed in a democratic space will be handed over to for profit only entities.
Comrade Anthony said the groups opposed to privatisation of water are armed with ample evidence that in virtually all cities where the same model was experimented, it led to rate hikes, poor quality service, shut offs for the most vulnerable people in the communities who cannot pay, lay-offs for workers, and other consequences that erode the universal access to water that United Nations (UN) advocates.
Other speakers at the event include Philip Jakpor, Head, Media & Campaigns of ERA/FoEN who spoke on the dangers of privatisation, as well as Comrade Steve Aluko, and Olatunji Buhari, ERA/FoEN Project Officer, both of whom spoke on the the imperatives of community involvement in the water campaign.
The participants were unanimous in demanding that the governor revoke the law and open up the water discourse to inputs from the critical public.
In the course of the Dialogue, participants further observed that:
1. The silence of Governor Simon Lalong over demands to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector law is capable of rupturing the existing peace in the state
2. In the fashioning of Plateau state water sector law, the promoters did not consider the human right to water
3. The views and input of Plateau State citizens were not considered in the deliberations on the bill by the 8th state house of assembly. Its hasty passage and signing is suspicious and anti-people
4. The law opens the doors widely for privatizers to take possession of the water resources and infrastructure of Plateau State
5. The law did not consider existing proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes which Plateau state can also adopt such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more

Participants therefore recommended strongly that:
1. Governor Simon Lalong should initiate the process of immediately revoke the Plateau State Water law to preserve the existing harmony in the state. The state government should also reject all forms of water privatization and commodification.
2. Plateau State Government fully uphold the human right to water as an obligation of the government, representing the people.

3. The Plateau State government integrate broad public participation in developing plans to achieve universal access to clean water.
4. The administration of Governor Lalong make adequate budgetary allocation for the Plateau State Water sector. The release of N400 million for rehabilitation of the existing waterworks in the state is commendable but the details still remain sketchy. Participants also reject the idea of rehabilitating the waterworks and handing it over to privatisers

5. The state government commit to serve public interests, instead of giving up responsibility to privatizers.

6. Plateau State adopt proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more
7. The coalition should embark on community sensitization to inform them about the dangers of water privatisation

SIGNED:
Comrade Benjamin Anthony, National President, AUPCTRE
Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria
Co-Signatories
Steve Aluko, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance
Comrade Sunday Akinfolarin, Nigeria Labour Congress, Jos
Nyiam Shombot, Host Communities Network
Atsen Yakubu Arin, Angwan Rukuba Community, Jos
Paul Adagbo, Jenta Aclamu Community, Jos
Shuaibu Ibrahim, Federal Local Governemnt, Jos community
Mercy Ichor, Alheri community, Jos
Bethel Isa Joseph, Tudnun-Wada Community, Jos
Timothy Ravo, Utan Community, Jos
Ismail A.Rabiu, Garba Daho Communtiy, Jos

AUPCTRE, ERA/FoEN and the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance were among groups that opposed the law when it was a draft at a Public Hearing organized by the Plateau State House of Assembly on 16 April 2019. Unfortunately, the lawmakers hastily passed the bill on the last day of their sitting and forwarded it to the governor who equally appended his signature on June 4.
In his welcome address, AUPCTRE National President, Benjamin Anthony said that the stakeholder dialogue was convened since under a water privatisation regime what is supposed to be a free gift of nature and best managed in a democratic space will be handed over to for profit only entities.
Comrade Anthony said the groups opposed to privatisation of water are armed with ample evidence that in virtually all cities where the same model was experimented, it led to rate hikes, poor quality service, shut offs for the most vulnerable people in the communities who cannot pay, lay-offs for workers, and other consequences that erode the universal access to water that United Nations (UN) advocates.
Other speakers at the event include Philip Jakpor, Head, Media & Campaigns of ERA/FoEN who spoke on the dangers of privatisation, as well as Comrade Steve Aluko, and Olatunji Buhari, ERA/FoEN Project Officer, both of whom spoke on the the imperatives of community involvement in the water campaign.
The participants were unanimous in demanding that the governor revoke the law and open up the water discourse to inputs from the critical public.
In the course of the Dialogue, participants further observed that:
1. The silence of Governor Simon Lalong over demands to revoke the Plateau State Water Sector law is capable of rupturing the existing peace in the state
2. In the fashioning of Plateau state water sector law, the promoters did not consider the human right to water
3. The views and input of Plateau State citizens were not considered in the deliberations on the bill by the 8th state house of assembly. Its hasty passage and signing is suspicious and anti-people
4. The law opens the doors widely for privatizers to take possession of the water resources and infrastructure of Plateau State
5. The law did not consider existing proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes which Plateau state can also adopt such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more

Participants therefore recommended strongly that:
1. Governor Simon Lalong should initiate the process of immediately revoke the Plateau State Water law to preserve the existing harmony in the state. The state government should also reject all forms of water privatization and commodification.
2. Plateau State Government fully uphold the human right to water as an obligation of the government, representing the people.

3. The Plateau State government integrate broad public participation in developing plans to achieve universal access to clean water.
4. The administration of Governor Lalong make adequate budgetary allocation for the Plateau State Water sector. The release of N400 million for rehabilitation of the existing waterworks in the state is commendable but the details still remain sketchy. Participants also reject the idea of rehabilitating the waterworks and handing it over to privatisers

5. The state government commit to serve public interests, instead of giving up responsibility to privatizers.

6. Plateau State adopt proven solutions to the water crisis that are already in practice in other climes such as setting up of a water trust, the Public Public Partnership (PuP) Model, and innovative taxation which will make the bottled water corporations and business entities that take up more water from the ground to pay more
7. The coalition should embark on community sensitization to inform them about the dangers of water privatisation

SIGNED:
Comrade Benjamin Anthony, National President, AUPCTRE
Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

Co-Signatories
Steve Aluko, Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance
Comrade Sunday Akinfolarin, Nigeria Labour Congress, Jos
Nyiam Shombot, Host Communities Network
Atsen Yakubu Arin, Angwan Rukuba Community, Jos
Paul Adagbo, Jenta Aclamu Community, Jos
Shuaibu Ibrahim, Federal Local Governemnt, Jos community
Mercy Ichor, Alheri community, Jos
Bethel Isa Joseph, Tudnun-Wada Community, Jos
Timothy Ravo, Utan Community, Jos
Ismail A.Rabiu, Garba Daho Communtiy, Jos