By Agbonkhese Oboh.
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Service Personnel, AUPCTRE, has actually stated “the sorry state of Lagos water sector is an intentional technique by the management of Lagos Water Corporation, LWC, to encourage Lagosians into thinking that the only sustainable method of providing water to Lagos locals is to embrace Public Private Collaboration, PPP.”.
This came Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, stated it was discouraging that the water sector was permitted to move, when the state’s internally-generated profits was close to N60 billion regular monthly, firmly insisting that it was time for Lagos locals to ask concerns.
AUPCTRE’s State Secretary, Mr. Abiodun Bakare, informed newsmen in Lagos, the other day, that access to water was a human right and water should not be commodified, keeping in mind that scarcities and interruptions in numerous locations in Lagos, particularly Bariga, Lawanson, Ojodu, Ketu, Agege, Abule Egba, Agboyi and Mile 12, to name a few, were intentional.
Reeling out the troubles in the sector, Bakare stated: “When nations are welcoming remunicipalisation, Lagos State is leading privatisation. The unexpected intrusion of the Lagos water sector by World Bank and its personal arm, International Financing Corporation, ICF, is uneasy.
” Adiyan in-take/headworks, created to produce 70 million gallons of water daily has actually not worked for over 3 months now.”.
” In spite the much-celebrated N800 million launched for the rehab of 48 mini and micro water works, the stated water works remain in even worse state, while Iju water works has actually been closed because January 11.”.
The union required an end to relocate to privatise the sector, probe of loan assigned to the sector, stop to intimidation and victimisation of employees and asked the inbound federal government to examine negotiations with IFC and other bodies worried about the PPP strategies.
Likewise, Isimeme Eboh, AUPCTRE’s Organising Secretary, declared that LWC continued to de-motivate employees through retrenchments of technical personnel and no recruitment to fill uninhabited workplaces, which she stated was intentional to irritate personnel and lead the way for privatisation.
On his part, Ayodele Akele, Executive Director, Labour, Health and Person Rights Advancement Centre, kept in mind that Lagos federal government and the management of LWC were supporting a significant crisis if they permitted LWC to collapse to pave method for privatisation.
His words: “The public will withstand it since we understand the overlook of the corporation employees is intentional. We expect the governorship prospects will respond to this expose of the sleaze in the corporation.”