The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Service Employees (AUPCTRE) has kicked against the continued plan by the Lagos State government to run the state-owned waterworks using a public-private partnership model.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Tuesday, Abiodun Bakare, AUPCTRE’s state secretary, said the scarcity of potable water provided by the water corporation to some parts of the state is deliberate.
“Water scarcity in some parts of the state is a deliberate strategy by the management of Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) to cajole Lagosians into believing that the only sustainable way of supplying water to Lagos residents is to adopt the much-discredited privatisation model of public-private partnership (PPP),” said Mr Bakare.
“It is disheartening to state here that at this critical period when countries throughout the world are embracing re-municipalisation, Lagos State is spearheading privatisation.”
The Lagos State Government had continually insisted that it was not privatising its waterworks, but turning to the PPP model to enable it meet the water demands across the state.
Last week, the state government signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Finance Corporation to enhance revenue generation and provide advisory services on infrastructural development, a move civil society groups described as “suspicious.”