The masses in Lagos, with the very active support and participation of water-related NGOs, have just proved how shallow the idea of power residing with governments could be when they demand what is a basic human right: potable water.
The Lagos State has tried for a long time to turn water supply over to PPP – meaning outfits would be selected by the state government who would make potable water so expensive that the masses would suffer.
This victory – at least for now because the government would unlikely give up – shows what can be achieved through peaceful mass mobilization and education,
This blog has expressed concerns about the dangers of carrying out privatization exercise without involving all stakeholders in the process: (https://weircentreforafrica.com/2015/02/27/privatisation-of-water-supply-in-developing-economies-lagos-state-case/). It also provided information about the views and concerns of the USA Congressional Black Caucus on the same issue (https://weircentreforafrica.com/2015/06/23/congressional-black-caucus-against-lagos-water-privatisation/). …
Peter Gleick (1999) in his paper on “The Human Rights to Water” “argues that access to a basic water requirement is a fundamental human right implicitly and explicitly supported by international law, declarations, and State practice. Governments, international aid agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local communities should work to provide all humans with a basic water requirement and to guarantee that water as a human right.”
Lagos State failed to guarrantee water as a human right to the people of Lagos.
It has attempted many times to privatise water supply and failed because of public outcries arising from non-involvement all stakeholders in the process. Using its State…
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