Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria
cc: Dr. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of the EnvironmentRt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of AssemblyHon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi, Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Lagos State House of Assembly
Dear Governor Akinwunmi Ambode:
We are organizations around the world committed to ensuring the human right to water is upheld and protected. We are deeply concerned to see the Lagos State Water Corporation pursuing multiple concessions and other corporate contracts, including a 25-year concession for the Adiyan II project and a public private partnership (PPP) for the Odomola project. Based on many of our experiences in cities around the world, we know that PPPs and other privatization contracts often bring unexpected costs for cities, raise rates for consumers, and produce labor violations and infrastructure neglect.
Given these concerns, we wish to express our profound hope that you will:● Withdraw current efforts to secure corporate concessions and contracts in the water sector.● Commit to public funding of water and ensure robust and accountable democratic process for implementing any legislation relating to water and sanitation.In conclusion, we are eager to see your administration commit to ensuring the human right to water through a democratic, public system. Your leadership on water will not only ensure all Lagosians can access clean, safe water -- it will also set an example for all of us around the world.