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Conflicts in Nigeria Over Privatization of Water Supply

Victor Ahiuma-Young | All Africa   in 
March 11, 2015

Lagos — Organised labour and Lagos State government are heading for a showdown over plans by the state government to privatized water supply in the state, with labour threatening industrial action among others to force the state government to abandon its plan.

Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, in a statement, weekend, called on well meaning citizens of the state to rise up against the plan to privatise water supply in the state, warning that “over a billion people today do not have safe water to drink.

There is therefore, a global water crisis of epic proportions. Globally, national and locally, governments face a tremendous challenge to find the political will to deliver safe and clean water to their communities.

“We condemn in strong terms the intention of Lagos State Government to go ahead with the planned privatization or commercialization of Lagos Water which in turn will further pauperize the down trodden people of Lagos. The union wishes to call on all well meaning Lagosians, in particular and Nigerians in general to join and support the union in this noble struggle.”

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